March 25, 2024

Once more, Cameron Young performed. That’s the issue. Because he doesn’t want to hold this record this time.


The 26-year-old, third-year member of the PGA Tour finished in second place on Sunday at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, just two strokes behind Peter Malnati.


Cameron Young feels at ease at Bay Hill because of his childhood recollections.


Peter Malnati acknowledges that the late ruling—which enabled him to shift the ball from rough to fringe—was a “great break.”


Cameron Young’s maiden PGA Tour victory is denied by Sam Burns, who wins the last WGC-Match Play.


Granted, Malnati still has the advantage over everyone else when it comes to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, but he has now accomplished something that hasn’t been done in forty years.


With a 10-under-par 274 total after shooting 69-69-68-68, Young now has seven such finishes. That is the greatest number of second-place results without a win in the previous forty years.


Young moved into contention on Sunday by making birdies on Nos. 11, 12, and 14, and he stayed there while standing on the 18th tee. With his tee shot blown far to the left, the ball landed on the crushed mulch that the crowd had been standing on for the entire week. He launched a pitching wedge that went up and over a group of big trees, landing the ball 50 feet from the pin on the green. He missed the par putt and came up ten feet short on his birdie effort, settling for bogey.



Malnati eventually made birdie to win by two strokes, even though he only needed par on the final hole.


Young was named the 2022 Rooke of the Year on the PGA Tour. He was one stroke behind Cameron Smith in second place at the Open Championship that year. That year, he also placed second by two strokes at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Genesis Invitational. The 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship, 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic, and the 2023 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play are among Young’s past runner-up finishes.


Young was too busy to go over his feelings at coming in second place once more. Not long after he signed his scorecard in the last round, he had lots more concerns.


He remarked, “To be honest, I realized pretty quickly that I wasn’t going to win. Plus, I have to drive home with my one- and two-year-olds for four hours, so whatever emotions are involved with that.”


“We have dress codes,” which is why Mark Wahlberg had to alter this outfit in order

to play golf at an Australian club.


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