Cameron Champ

Cameron Champ of Texas A&M is shown at the 32nd annual Louisiana Classics Golf Tournament on Feb. 27, 2017 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.

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Cameron Champ of Sacramento will play in the 2018 Genesis Open later this month as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption, the PGA Tour reported last week.

The announcement was made by Tiger Woods.

The Genesis Open, scheduled for Feb. 12-18, takes place at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades and will have a field of 144 players. The purse is $7.2 million.

Since 2009, the exemption has represented the advancement of diversity in the game of golf, said.

Champ played golf at Texas A&M and finished in a tie for 32nd place at last year’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. He played on the United States team that won the 46th Walker Cup over the team from Great Britain and Ireland at Los Angeles Country Club last September.

He played in the Safeway Open last year at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa on a sponsor invitation. He missed the cut of 144 after shooting rounds of 73 and 73 on the North Course.

The Safeway Open is the season opening event on the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 schedule.

“I am incredibly grateful and humbled to receive the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption for the 2018 Genesis Open,” Champ said on “This means a lot to me, as well as my entire family. Mr. Sifford’s legacy has had a huge influence not only on why I play the game of golf, but also how I seek to use the game as a vehicle for positive change, the celebration of diversity and to make a difference in our communities – all examples that were unquestionably set by Charlie Sifford. It gives me great pride to play in his name at Riviera this year.”

The Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption is named to honor the memory of Charlie Sifford, the first African-American player to compete on the PGA Tour, according to

Champ attended Heritage Peak Charter School in Sacramento and was a two-time Rolex All-American (2012 and 2013) and a member of the 2012 Junior PGA Ryder Cup Team and the 2013 Toyota Junior World Cup Team.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a $7.4 million event, is Feb. 8-11 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course.

Golf Channel will carry the first two rounds. CBS will have coverage on the weekend.


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