March 25, 2024

Regardless of the result, Cameron Young describes his performance at the 2024 Valspar Championship as “a big win.”


Despite being horribly and excruciatingly short of winning his first PGA Tour championship, Young was once again in the running.


Now in his third year on the Tour, the 26-year-old was in control and appeared to be headed for a playoff at the very least.


However, calamity befell him on the 72nd hole as his tee ball ended up in the trees.


In some way, he made it out, finding the dance floor by fattening a gap wedge up and around the protruding branches. He then made a three-putt.


Oh my, Young done it once more.

“I don’t want to hit it left-handed,” said Jordan Spieth before hitting a lefty.

A few minutes later, an emotional Peter Malnati had a stress-free stroll up the 18th fairway to celebrate his second PGA Tour victory thanks to the costly error.


Young will need to pick himself up after reaching an unwelcome career milestone.


So far, he’s placed second seven times. That’s the most second-place results without a victory in the previous forty years.


Malnati Peter

At the Valspar Championship, Peter Malnati wins an emotional second PGA Tour championship.

“I believe I managed my emotions quite effectively,” Young told reporters following the near-accident.


He expressed pride in his ability to play the final two challenging par 3s in level par.


After missing the green right on the fifteenth, he made a foolish bogey during his third round.


After an unwelcome milestone, a PGA Tour star wonderfully captures her sentiments to a reporter.

“I think I handled my own thoughts really well and, for me, that’s a big win regardless of the outcome,” he stated.


When asked to elaborate on his feelings, he said, “I’m not sure. To be honest, I quickly understood I wasn’t going to win, and any feelings associated with that are understandable given I have a four-hour journey home to spend with my one and two-year-old.”


Young won Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour in 2022.


That same year, he trailed Cameron Smith by just one shot at the historic 150th Open at St. Andrews.


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