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Cameron Young shoots 59 in third round of 2024 Travelers Championship

Cameron Young shoots 59 in third round of 2024 Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. — Unless a tournament decides to build a dome and allow the best players to compete indoors, this venue, TPC River Highlands, is probably the place where you are most likely to see someone shoot a 59. Hell, Jim Furyk shot a 58 here back in 2016. Sixty-fives warrant passing notice. On Friday, there were two 62s, three 63s and five 64s.

But after Cameron Young, 27, birdied his first two holes and then holed a pitching wedge from 142 yards out on the par-4 third hole for an eagle and rolled in a 19-foot putt for a birdie on the fourth to reach 5 under, experienced eyes took notice. After last evening’s rain, and with no wind, the 6,807-yard course was there to be had, and Young certainly obliged, becoming the 12th player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59.

“I didn’t think about it too much, kind of the middle that have back nine, just because it didn’t really feel like it,” he said afterward. “All of a sudden, like, everything was going in after kind of 10, 11 and 12. Yeah, then it kind of, all of a sudden, I had a putt for 59 on 18, which was a blast.”

Walking outside the ropes and following Young was a man wearing a Sleepy Hollow Golf Club polo shirt and a wide-brimmed hat that protected his face and neck from the sum. David Young, Cameron’s father, was the head professional at Sleepy Hollow for years, but these days, he’s only giving lessons to one student and on Saturday, that pupil didn’t need any help.

“We’ve just been waiting for the dam to break,” he said after walking up the hill from the 18th green. “It’s been a frustrating stretch because he’s been playing so much better than the scores show.”

That may be true, but consider this: In Cameron Young’s last five starts, his best finish was a tie for 34th at the Wells Fargo Championship back in May. He tied for 63rd at the PGA Championship, missed the cut at the RBC Canadian Open and tied for 50th at The Memorial. Last week at the U.S. Open, Young shot 73-72-75-75 to finish T-67. Before his 66 on Friday, his 10 previous rounds had all been par or worse and his last round in the 60s was a 69 at the RBC Canadian Open three tournaments ago.

So did he do anything differently this morning that translated into great golf?

“Nope. Woke up, would have preferred to go back to sleep,” he said with a wry grin. “Did exactly what I do every day coming to the…


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