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Curious coincidence in their match in the last round of the Cognizant Classic

Jorge Campillo wins the Indiana derby at the Cognizant

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Jorge Campillo. (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey)

There is no piece of Purdue clothing that goes unnoticed by a player raised at the University of Indiana. As good neighbours, they are bitter rivals. Therefore, when Jorge Campillo, one of the best hoosier golfers in history, arrived at the 1st tee of the PGA National this Sunday, he smiled. The caddie of Adam Schenk, his playing partner for the final round of the Cognizant Classic at The Palm Beaches, proudly and, of course, intentionally wore a Purdue cap.

Schenk’s caddie knew perfectly well who Campillo was and what he meant for Indiana university golf in his amateur days. After all, it was Rob Bradley, current head coach of the Purdue men’s golf team, a team that Schenk, a native of Vincennes, Indiana, once belonged to. Bradley has carried his former pupil’s bag as something special this week, as the usual one couldn’t do it. Once he saw that they were going to play with Campillo, nobody was going to take off his Purdue cap.

So, there has been an Indiana derby today at the Cognizant and the hoosier has won. The Spaniard has handed in a card of 67 strokes, his best result of the week, and has won with a one-stroke advantage over Schenk.

The anecdote occurred on the 18th hole. Jorge was winning by one stroke in this particular classic and both were on the fairway. Bradley told Schenk to look for the green in two to try to tie or win ‘the Indiana one’. He hit a good shot and ended up at the entrance of the green. Campillo also went in two and ended up in the bunker. If he made an approach and putt, it forced Schenk to eagle to tie. Well, Jorge was about to hole from the sand, but the ball just missed. He did make the birdie and Schenk didn’t get the eagle so the derby went to Indiana. “I’ve never lost to a Purdue player and today wasn’t going to be the first time,” Campillo said smilingly between jokes and truths to Ten Golf.

By the way, beyond this absolutely healthy rivalry, Bradley has recognised Campillo as a true legend of the University of Indiana. After all, the Spaniard is the best player in the history of the hoosiers, in a tough fight with Jeff Overton, who is his host this week, as Jorge is staying at his house. More spice for today’s duel.

Campillo’s round of 67 strokes, with six birdies and two bogeys, has allowed him to gain some positions in the ranking and, above all, has removed the thorn he had stuck after the last nine holes on Saturday, the stretch of the week where he missed fighting, why not, for a spot in the top 15 or top 20 of the tournament. Today, more rested, he has regained the good feelings from tee to green and has putted notably again, beyond some occasion that has escaped him.

At the time of publishing this story, play at the Cognizant is stopped because the course is unplayable due to a heavy storm that has fallen. We’ll see if there’s time to finish today. For now, Campillo has moved up nine positions and is in 52nd place. Very low scores are being seen because the course is really receptive with the rain.

Live results of the Cognizant Classic at The Palm Beaches