ERIN, WISCONSIN – Just who, you may wonder, is Cameron Champ, the amateur who has played himself inside the top 10 midway through the U.S. Open at Erin Hills?
He’s a rising senior at Texas A&M who turned 22 on Thursday and is acting like the U.S. Open is no big deal.
And maybe it isn’t.
Especially if you can bomb it like Champ can.
On Thursday when he shot 2-under-par 70, Champ led the field in driving distance, averaging 349.4 yards off the tee on the measured holes. He backed it down to a 329.1-yard average on Friday when he shot 69 to get himself to 5-under par through 36 holes.
“I came in this week (with) no expectations really,” Champ said. “The only expectation I had was to be low (amateur).”
Champ has a four-shot cushion on his buddy Scottie Scheffler in the low-am race at the halfway mark.
On Monday, Champ played a practice round with Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy and it helped with his comfort level.
“I’ve grown up watching them and I can hit those shots,” Champ said. “Obviously they’ve been in this position many more times than I have. They’ve won major championships. So that just kind of gave me a confidence boost, knowing I can hit those shots.”
And then there’s his enormous power on a course that rewards muscle, provided it stays between the walls of waving fescue.
“With my distance out here, to me it’s just the biggest advantage that it can be,” Champ said. “When you hit it long and straight out here, you can really score and stay out of trouble.”
He’s a quick learner.
WATCH: A video highlight from Champ’s second round:
Cameron Champ’s approach at the 15th hole was tracking toward the hole untillllll.……hey!! (Still converted the birdie putt.) pic.twitter.com/BxsGD145b5
— Global Golf Post (@GlobalGolfPost) June 16, 2017