Cameron Young played well at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship with a T-2nd, but the slate is wiped clean moving from TPC Potomac to Quail Hollow.
Fortunately for Young, Quail Hollow may be an even better course fit. The PGA Tour’s No. 3 leader in driving distance (316.5 yards) is licking his chops waiting to take on a 7,600-yard beast where his prowess off the tee can shine.
He didn’t put his best foot forward last fall at the Presidents Cup with a 1-2-1 record. We’ll attribute that to nerves, as well as a rotating cast of playing partners.
One of the reasons Young made the team in the first place is how well he plays, regardless of venue. The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year has been remarkably consistent given his inexperience.
The 25-year-old Wake Forest alum hasn’t missed a cut since the Scottish Open in July. Young could go a full year since his last MC stateside, which came at the U.S. Open.
One slight concern is a lack of a victory yet. He’s still pretty ripe out on tour, but the longer the drought goes, the more scar tissue that can build up.
While I obviously am not picking this to be his week to break through, it would be a shock to no one.
It just takes a week where the putter finally cooperates. Fortunately, Quail Hollow’s greens and green surrounds are not overly complicated.
Young ought to hit enough close to stay in contention, even if he’s still below field average putting.
He ranks 12th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round off-the-tee (.617) and 18th in SG approach-the-green (.656).
Young is really good. It’d take an injury or a complete lapse for him to be left off the American Ryder Cup team this fall.