Last week’s US Open served as the unveiling of a new bambino in golf. Cameron Champ who hales from Sacramento and has one more year left at Texas A&M, was the talk of our National Championship. He bombed drives by all the longest of touring pros. He also made the cut and finished second as low AM. Gig Em!!
Cameron had a great week as he celebrated his 22nd birthday with family and friends at Erin Hills. He played practice rounds with Rory McElroy and Louis Oosthuizen and blew it by them off the tee.
Cameron’s ball speed is nearly 200 mph and is 10 mph faster than the longest driver on tour. The average on tour is 168 mph. Ball speed is more important than swing speed because it measures the smash factor that occurs when you hit it on the sweet spot. For every 1 mph extra it translates to 2 yards more per mph. That math’s out to 20 yards longer than the longest and 60 yards longer than the PGA Tour average according to Trackman.
Pam Wood & myself tee it up with Cameron and his dad Jeff @ 11 AM(CT) on FB Live. They will have just arrived in North Carolina for the prestigious 117th playing of the North & South Amateur Championship @ Pinehurst Resort.
Cameron’s grandfather Mack got him started in golf at the age of 2 1/2 with plastic clubs. His sister Madison, who has autism keeps the whole family grounded, much like Jordan Spieth and his sister Ellie. Both Cam and Madison are proud of their development in The First Tee of Sacramento.