Cameron Young left the course after his very first round at the Open as the unlikely leader of the event. He fired a bogey-free round and carded a sterling 64 to put it at 8 under for the tournament.
Young’s performance on the course was certainly solid, but his performance off it was perhaps just as good.
After his tour, Young asked a weird question about his rise on the PGA Tour. Specifically, the reporter referenced Young going from the “streets of New York” to a contender for another major championship.
“Cameron, a prep school in Fordham in the Bronx isn’t particularly known for producing professional golfers, maybe more basketball players,” the reporter said, by Andy Johnson. “Can you talk a bit about a possibly unlikely journey from the streets of New York somewhere to – okay, you went to Wake Forest, but to the links of St. Andrews? It’s not happening every day.”
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Young answered the question candidly.
I think the streets of New York are probably a stretch.
The 25-year-old went on to explain that his prep school was on the Fordham University campus. He described it as “magnificent”.
Moreover, Young explained that his rise to become the 32nd golfer in the world also came as no surprise. Why? Because his father, David Young, is a PGA Tour professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY
“I lived on the lower reaches there,” Young explained. “I took the train to school, but I also took the train home to train.”
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Indeed, the elder Young helped make his son an excellent golfer. They worked together to hone Cameron’s swing, which helped him enjoy a breakout rookie campaign on the PGA Tour in 2022. He was in contention for the PGA Championship and is now ahead at the Open .
Yet despite his rapid rise, Young wanted to make it clear to reporters that his story shouldn’t be seen as an unlikely achievement.
“It may seem a bit unlikely, but I’ve played golf all my life,” he said. “It’s just kind of what I do.”