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While he saw his lead dwindle in the closing holes, Cameron Champ held on to pick up his first win of the PGA Tour season on Sunday.
Champ, who mounted a massive lead after an impressive third round on Saturday, made birdie on the final hole to grab a one-shot win Sunday at the Safeway Open in Napa, California — marking his second victory on Tour.
Champ, who fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday to grab a three-shot lead, came out hot on Sunday.
He carded three birdies through his first six holes to stay in front of the rest of the field — including an impressive birdie save on No. 5 after landing on a steep slope.
Champ had a near-perfect back nine, too, making seven straight pars. A bogey on No. 17, combined with a birdie from Adam Hadwin, cut his lead to just one, however — putting his win in jeopardy.
Yet after a bomb drive on No. 18, and a clutch chip right next to the hole, Champ made birdie to pick up the win.
Hadwin came up just shy in second place at 16-under for the week behind three straight birdies to close out his round. Marc Leishman, who skyrocketed up 20 spots on the leaderboard, finished in third thanks to a 7-under 65 on Sunday. Charles Howell III and Zac Blair were just one back at 13-under.
Champ made his official debut on the PGA Tour last season, where he quickly picked up a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship. While The 24-year-old missed the cut 11 times — including a rough stretch where he missed it eight times in 11 tournaments — Champ qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs and reached the BMW Championship.
Sunday’s win marked Champ’s second outing of the year, following a T28 finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship last week.
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