BLAINE, Minn. – Cameron Champion repelled dehydration and struck sharply Sunday to a 5-under-66 and won the 3M Open by two strokes for his third career victory.
Oosthuizen also shot 66 in a much stronger finish than the previous weekend at the British Open, where his lead of 54 holes after a fourth round 71 turned into a draw for third.
Oosthuizen, who played six pairs before Champ, has lined up three of the last four holes to give himself an outside chance. His approach to the 18th green nearly yielded an eagle on the PGA Tour’s toughest par-5 hole, but the ball bounced off. He rather made a 2 1/2 foot stop for birdie. Schwartzel, his fellow South African, played a 68 series for Vegas in the final round.
During another 90-degree day, Champ was far from his physical best. He feels dizzy behind the nine, at one point putting his hands on his knees as he hangs his head to try to calm down again. He had a lot of it on the last hole, after his safe strategy of hitting to stay away from the lake ended up left in a trampled sandy area directly behind a bunch of trees.
Champ managed to discard on the primary base and then chase up the highway. His approach was a beauty that landed perfectly and rolled back to the pen. He sank the easy par-hole and had enough energy to pump his arms in celebration of his first top-10 finish of the year. Champ achieved the best pit performance of the entire field, averaging 8.48 strokes.
The Texas A&M product won the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2019, the year he became a pro player, and the Safeway Open in 2020. He missed the cut in his last two majors this season and has yet to scored a top-10 finish since he was tied for eighth. in October at the Zozo Championships in California.
Champ entered the 142nd place in the FedEx Cup standings this week and suffered a major blow with three meetings before the playoffs.
Cameron Tringale, a leader of one stroke after the third round, took a triple bow on the par-3 13th hole, after the consecutive birdies brought him into contention again. He shot 74 and six shots behind Champ.