Safeway Open report and leaderboard: Cameron Champ dedicates victory to grandfather

Cameron Champ: American golfer celebrates with the Safeway Open trophy
Cameron Champ: American golfer celebrates with the Safeway Open trophy

American Cameron Champ held on for a one-stroke victory in the Safeway Open.

Leaderboard

-17 Champ

-16 Hadwin

-14 Leishman

-13 Howell III, Blair, Thomas


Final day report

Cameron Champ has held on for a one-stroke victory in Sunday's Safeway Open PGA golf tournament in California, tearfully dedicating the win to his grandfather who is suffering from cancer.

"If I win no more tournaments or 10 more tournaments, this will be the greatest win of my golfing career for sure," Champ said afterwards.

The American had carded an error-free 67 to take a three-shot lead into the final day.

And he needed all his talent to take just his second PGA tour title, making a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish ahead of Adam Hadwin.

Champ had five birdies and overcame a bogey on the 17th hole, ending with a three-under 69 at Silverado Resort.

The 24-year-old's grandfather Mack Ray Champ, who fostered the younger man's interest in golf, has stage 4 cancer and is in a hospice.


Day three report

American Cameron Champ carded an error-free 67 to take a three-shot lead into the final day of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament in California.

Champ has played ultra consistent golf at Napa, with his round of five under par following scorecards of 67 and 68 on the opening two days.

A trio of birdies on the back nine lifted the 24-year-old to 14 under, clear of a chasing pack including Canadians Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin, and Colombian Sebastian Munoz.

Both Munoz and Hadwin improved 13 places after matching Champ's round of 67, while Taylor dropped shots on the 15th and 16th for a 70.

Overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau had a torrid third round, bogeying the third and the tenth and dropping two shots on the 13th.

The American's 76 dropped him 14 places into a tie for 15th.


Day two report

American Bryson DeChambeau carded a superb eight-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the Safeway Open PGA tournament on Friday.

DeChambeau climbed seven spots on the leaderboard in completing a second bogey-free round to go with his 68 from Thursday, his Friday performance comprising a front half of three-under 33 and a homeward nine of five-under 31.

The 26-year-old birdied six out of eight holes between the fifth and the 12th, and hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

At 12-under par he led by two shots from countryman Nick Watney, who fired a 65 to follow a 69.

Watney was one shot clear of a five-way tie for third place including Canada's Nick Taylor and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli.

Italian Francesco Molinari slipped down the leaderboard with a second round 71 which put him in a tie for 10th, as did Australian Adam Scott, who followed a strong 65 with a 73.

England's Ben Taylor and Scotland's Martin Laird missed the cut.


Day one report

Former Open champion Francesco Molinari is one shot off the pace after the first round of his Safeway Open debut, with Adam Scott and Andrew Landry leading the pack on seven under par.

Scott, starting on the back nine, had a steady first nine holes with a bogey on the par four-13th the only blot on his copy book at the turn. Two birdies and an eagle on the front nine secured the Australian a round of 65.

Landry, meanwhile, put together five birdies in his first nine holes and two more in the second half of his round to share top spot in Napa, California.

Molinari, who finished 14th in the defence of his BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth last week, shot a round of 66 which was matched by Matthew NeSmith.

Defending champion Kevin Tway had a steady start with a round of 71 only good enough for a share of 51st place, while two-time champion Brendan Steele's 74 left him tied for 116th.

Adam Long, selected by our golf expert Ben Coley at 150/1, is tied for fifth with another of his selections, Cameron Tringale, also inside the top 10.

Long sits two back on five-under alongside Cameron Champ and Chris Baker, with Bryson DeChambeau among those tied for eighth and four back with Tringale.

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