Cam Champ fired a wedge shot at No 18 during the final round of the 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine last year, essentially locking the title. He made the tail, hoisted the trophy on his head a few minutes later, and declared himself the happiest man ever.
It looked like a launching pad for Champ, a fan favorite who many consider to be the longest hitter on the PGA Tour. When it came to his limits as a player, the limit did not exist.
Which has made last year so disappointing for him. After suffering a broken left wrist nearly a month and a half after winning the 3M Open, the champ missed most of the fall events while he worked his way through the recovery process.
Although he has had some highlights since making his return to the PGA Tour, namely a top-10 finish at the Masters in April, the champ has missed the cut in nine of the 15 events he has competed in this year. He hasn’t actually completed the 72-hole tournament since May 15, when he finished 38th at AT&T Byron Nelson.
“This year has been an eventful year, to say the least,” said Champ. “I’ve mixed a lot of things in my personal life with me breaking my wrist in the fall. It was completely unknown for quite some time if this was going to be serious. Luckily, it wasn’t too serious. It was probably very close to damaging my career in the long run.”
As tough as this year has been so far, the champ thinks a few good weeks can turn things around. There couldn’t be a better place for him to start that change than at TPC Twin Cities.
“It’s nice to be back in a place where I have great memories,” he said. “It’s a place where it doesn’t matter whether I play well or bad, I’m very comfortable.”
That level of comfort has put the champ in “a good head space” to enter the 3M Open this week. He landed on Thursday at 12:44 p.m. with Michael Thompson and Chase Revy.
“It’s probably the most excited I’ve been in a long time,” said the champ, who said he recently discovered “some equipment problems” that have been plaguing him. am. These greens (at TPC Twin Cities) are the kind I’m used to. This is the kind I grew up on. ,
As far as being the defending champion at the 3M Open is concerned, the champ is not thinking about that. He knows that forcing himself to repeat is not going to do him any good.
“I really have no hope,” he said. “It’s good, obviously, to come back and try to defend. It clearly means that I am doing something good. In the end, though, if I’m thinking about that all day, I probably won’t play very well. ,
In a perfect world for the champ, he will play to the best of his ability this week at TPC Twin Cities, proving to himself and everyone else that he can still be great.
Perhaps in that sense 3M Open could still be a launching pad for that. Even if it’s a year later than originally expected.
“The last 10 months were tough for me,” he said. “I had to finish a lot of things and go through some things. Now we’re on the up and up, and we’re just going to get behind it.”