Palm Beach Garden, Florida – If you type the words “Cameron Young Wiki” into Google and click the first link without looking seriously, you’ll find yourself on the Wikipedia page of Cameron Young who graduated from Quinnipiac and now plays point guard for Memphis Hustle of the NBA G-League. If you’re looking for golfer Cameron Young – the man who climbed from 113th in the world to 53rd with a T-2 at the Genesis Invitational in Riviera last week – you need to scroll down a bit, but not too far, which is a bit of an improvement . Before last week, if you were looking for Cameron Young on the official website of the World Golf Ranking, you would have to pass four other guys named Cameron.
All of this means that you can reasonably gauge the success of Cameron Young’s career by the speed at which the top two entries for “Cameron Young” become on Wikipedia, or the point at which all the Cameronians in the golf world are below him in the OWGR. Heading into this week’s Honda Classic, these prestige milestones are much closer than anyone thought.
“It has been very rewarding,” Young said on Tuesday at the PGA National. “I’ve played a lot of good golf in the weeks leading up to [the Genesis Invitational] And obviously that week where you get the ball in the hole and finish in second place is very rewarding…just to see the world rankings and FedEx Cup points and the kind of things that come with playing well, it’s nice that that’s where it happened for me” .
Young, the son of a club pro from Scarborough, New York and a member of Wake Forest University (where he was a roommate with Will Zalatores), fired himself in the minds of hardcore golf enthusiasts last May when he won back-to-back weeks on the Korn Ferry Tour. That prompted him to claim his PGA Tour ticket for the 2021-22 season, and he’s been on the rampage ever since, finishing at T-2 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall, making four out of five cuts in the new year and capping the West Coast. He swung with Friday’s 62 in the Riviera which finally brought him his best result yet.
Now, Young stands on a vast ledge. He’s about to qualify for some very big tournaments, starting with the Players Championship in two weeks. To put himself in his position, he needs to finish high this week to move up three more points and break the top 50 in the OWGR. He would need to hit the OWGR Top 50 mark again in late March to earn a last-minute invite to the Masters. There’s no time for frustration – Young is about to have something special, but at the moment he’s equal parts bewildering and tangible.
When asked on Tuesday if his friends would blast his phone after Genesis, Young inadvertently made a good point about how serious, and how unknowingly, he was on tour.
“You know, I don’t know anyone here very well, to be completely honest,” he said. “It’s just been a few events and I have some friends, but no one’s really close to him, except Will [Zalatoris] … He also sent me a text message.”
Fortunately for Young, his surprising success has already unlocked some major accomplishments. His finish in Riviera ensures he’ll be in the PGA Championship at the Southern Hills in May and the WGC-Dell Match Play next month in Austin. And although players and masters are still in the dream class, it is important to remember where Young came from; A year ago in April, after four consecutive missed cuts on the Korn Ferry Tour, he dropped to 526th in the world. Now, less than 12 months later, he’s a long way from running two of America’s biggest tournaments.
With due respect to every other Cameron on the PGA Tour, and to the NBA G-League, this is a track you can’t ignore, and a profile of a player who won’t have to wait long for top billing.