I was scanning Instagram the other day, watching a viral video of Cameron Champ during the final round of the Zurich Classic. The Texas Tech alum was hitting his ball in front of a gator.
As most of us do, I scanned the comments and noticed a bit of a debate going on. The question was this: Is Cameron Champ the most overrated golfer on the tour?
I never thought of it before, but I was surprised to learn a few of things, which brought up another debate: would Cameron Champ even be a blip on the radar if he were not a woke social justice golfer?
I think the answer to that question is obvious. No way, Chi Chi.
While he’s known for two quick wins to start his career – first at the 2018 Sanderson (just his second start), and then again at the 2019 Safeway (in his second start of the following season), Champ doesn’t have much of anything else.
So why is he considered a PGA Tour star? Well he did start his career on high note – winning in just his second start, and producing his only good stretch, going T25, 1, T28, T10, and 6th in his first five starts. That’s pretty impressive no matter which way you cut it. But it’s also clear he gets added exposure by wearing mismatched shoes and being aligned with the woke leftwing media.
Back to being overrated. Since that impressive five-start stretch to kick off his career, Champ has been mostly horrible.
Including those two victories, he’s made 59 PGA Tour starts and doesn’t own a single additional top-5. Not one. He has compiled four top-10s, and six top-20s.
On his career, he’s missed the cut more than he’s finished in the top 30.
His current season reads like this: MC, MC, T42, T8, T19, T31, MC, MC, MC, T48, MC, MC, T34, and T26.
Something else I found odd: he’s never once cracked the top 50 in the world rankings. Or the top 60. Not once! His highest career ranking is 67. He’s currently No. 92 and once that 2019 win falls off (soon), he could slide into oblivion.
Has there ever been a tour player with less credentials, who’s gotten so much exposure? And let’s be real. He’s not exactly charismatic with an outgoing personality. In fact he rarely smiles, and comes off as brooding and uninterested.
Cameron Champ’s Overrated PGA Tour Career
Thoughts and comments are welcome.