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Texas A&M's Cameron Champ tied for 8th after 36 holes at U.S. Open


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#1 Jeffrey Goldberg

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:45 AM

ERIN, Wisconsin — Texas A&M's Cameron Champ continues to make a splash at the 2017 U.S. Open as he owns a tie for eighth at five-under par after two rounds against some of the world's top golfers at Erin Hills.

The Sacramento, Calif., native opened the event with a two-under opening round of 70 on Thursday before returning to the course Friday where he carded 11 pars and five birdies to post a round of three-under par (69).

Standing out as one of only two amateurs to make the cut, the other being Scottie Scheffler [+2], Champ (70-69=139 -5) trails leaders Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka (-7) by just two shots heading into the weekend.

Texas A&M signee Walker Lee saw his run at the U.S. Open come to an end on Friday, missing the cut after being +20 after 36 holes. Former Aggie standout Ryan Palmer, despite firing a three-under 69 on Friday, was also eliminated from contention as the field was trimmed.

The 2017 U.S. Open resumes Saturday morning with Champ slated to tee off 1:45 p.m. (CT) and paired alongside Xander Schauffele.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:46 AM

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:37 PM

ERIN, Wis. -- Some of golf's biggest names received an introduction to Cameron Champ's prodigious length off the tee early during this U.S. Open week. Ernie Els watched the amateur smoke a ball past him on the 18th hole of a practice round and then asked nobody in particular, "Who hit that?" Louis Oosthuizen witnessed his swing and just started giggling with his caddie. Even Rory McIlroy took note.

The rest of us had to wait until the tournament rounds began.

That's when Champ, a rising senior at Texas A&M, showed the world what his fellow competitors had learned already: He's not just long off the tee, he's ridiculously long.

On Thursday, he averaged -- brace yourself, folks -- 349.4 yards per drive. On Friday, he reeled it in and averaged a mere 329.1 yards. That left a two-day total of 339.2 that was two yards longer than the next player on the list and -- brace yourself again -- nearly 70 yards longer than the man who ranked last.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:18 AM

After posting a 70 and 69 on the first two days, Cameron scored a +1 73 and is tied for 17th at the U.S. Open.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:03 AM

After the first 2 rounds it looked like Champ as an amateur could actually win the U.S. Open, but he slipped back on his last two rounds, and finished tied for 32nd. He lead the entire field in driving distance and impressed some of the top players in the world.

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ERIN, Wisconsin — After an impressive showing that saw him turn heads while competing against some of the world's top professional golfers, Texas A&M's Cameron Champ ended play at the 2017 U.S. Open in a tie for 32nd place.

Champ (70-69-73-76=288, E) stood out as one of only two amateurs to make the cut at Erin Hills and wowed spectators as he topped all players in driving distance at 334.40 yards compared to the average of 302.2 for the entire field.

Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, finished atop the leaderboard at 16-under to claim his first major title.

During Texas A&M's 2016-17 campaign, Champ put together one of best seasons in program history by maintaining a 71.50 scoring average during 34 rounds as a junior. The Sacramento, Calif., native enjoyed one tournament title and five top-five finishes while posting a red-hot finish to the year with top-six finishes in five of his last seven events.

Champ also stood out as the Aggies' top golfer at the SEC Championship by finishing in a tie for fifth while going a perfect 3-0 in match play.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:22 PM

Guy that won the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka, had a drivig distance of 322 yards which was considered one of the main reasons he won. That was 12.4 yards less than Cameron Champs average driving distance of 334.4 yards.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:29 PM

Nice leader board!

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