The new LIV Golf series has already cost the PGA Tour many talented golfers, including several major champions and veterans.
What this rivalry has also done is create more opportunities for young golfers to shoot low scores and cement themselves among the best in the world.
No one has capitalized on this opportunity better than 25-year-old Cameron Young.
The American has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the Official World Golf Rankings and he is looking to cap off his highly successful season in the upcoming FedEx Cup Qualifiers.
Cameron Young spent his college career at Wake Forest University where he enjoyed 4 very successful years.
After winning the US Collegiate Championship in his freshman year, he continued to have success with wins at both the General Hackler Invitational and the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational in his senior year.
Cameron Young is still the only amateur to have won the New York Open.
Young accomplished this in his second season.
After his NCAA career, Cameron Young turned pro in 2019. From MacKenzie Tour and PGA Latino America events, he rose through the ranks after numerous top-10 finishes.
In 2021, Young finally earned his PGA Tour card with a 19th place finish at the end of the Korn Ferry Tour season.
Fast forward to the current 2022 season and Cameron Young’s game has gone to another level.
The American already has 6 top 10s this season, including his recent 2nd place finish at the Open Championship where he finished just 1 shot behind eventual winner, Australian Cameron Smith.
Young has remained largely consistent all season, thanks to his impressive average driving distance of 317.6 yards (7th on the circuit) and total strokes won (1.323, 17th on the circuit).
Before the start of this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, Young was knocking on the door of the top 10 in the World Golf Rankings (19th) and the FedEx Cup rankings (13th).
Many might find it overwhelming to step into the limelight so soon. Just a kid from a small town outside of New York where golf might not be the biggest focus.
However, Young continues to underestimate him and instead lets his game do the talking.
“It may seem a bit unlikely, but I’ve played golf all my life. that’s just kind of what I do.
Cameron Young is one of the favorites to win this season’s PGA Rookie of the Year award ahead of another shining star in Sahith Theegala. Meanwhile, Young still has some work to do if he wants to compete in the Tour Championship in late August.
The event, which will take place at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, from August 25-28, will be another test on the road to earning your place among the game’s current superstars like Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Smith and Rory McIlroy.
One thing is certain, we’re watching the next wave of young talent arrive on the PGA Tour, and it’s fun to watch!