LOS CABOS, Mexico – Ever since Cameron Young teed it up with Justin Timberlake on Wednesday during the pro-am at the World Wide Technology Championship, he can’t stop that feeling, to borrow the song title and catchy lyrics from one of the musician and songwriter’s hit tunes.
“I actually had no idea I was playing with him,” Young said. “I saw his name on the scorecard and I thought that must be kind of someone else named Justin Timberlake, but it was not.”
One day later, on a warm, sunny day when the wind failed to blow, Young couldn’t stop the birdie feeling at El Cardonal Golf Course at Diamante, channeling the power game of course designer Tiger Woods and beating the course into submission with seven birdies in all. Young posted 7-under 65, one stroke off the early lead in the first round shared by Camilo Villegas and Michael Kim.
Young is making his first start of the FedEx Cup Fall – he last appeared at the BMW Championship, the second of three FedEx Cup Playoff events in August – but his game showed no rust as he hit all 14 fairways and, depending who is counting, all 18 greens.
“It was close, but I don’t know if it was quite that,” Young said of hitting every green in regulation. “It’s been years I feel like since I’ve actually been home for that long. Just the ability to go out and really try some things and work through some issues that I felt like I had was honestly, one, was kind of fun for me, I haven’t had the chance to do that without the pressure of an event coming up in a long time, and two, I think very productive. I think I learned some things in my golf swing. It’s nice to come out and see ’em kind of work in the first competitive round.”
At No. 17 in the Official World Golf Ranking (and No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings), Young is the top-ranked player in the field this week and he’s just two spots behind Tommy Fleetwood for being the best-ranked player in the world without a PGA Tour title. Young, 26, said there was a time where he was pressing for that first win but he’s realized it’s a matter of when not if he’ll hoist a trophy and is no longer sweating it.
“I think I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact that I’ve played plenty of golf that’s worthy of winning a golf tournament out here,” he said. “Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way yet, but I think I’ve played plenty of good golf and I fully believe that that golf can win a tournament out here. So…