A Perfect Team: Cameron Young & His Father David Young, PGA
By Abby Parsons, PGA
Cameron Young & his father David Young, PGA, out on the course.
We talked to 2022 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Cameron Young's coach & father, David Young, PGA, in the run up to the 2022 PGA Championship. This story has been updated after the Championship.
When it comes to Cameron Young and his father David … “It just works.”
“We think a lot alike,” said David Young, PGA. “When we golf together, when we hit balls together, it never feels forced… even when we work on his swing.”
Cameron spoke to how his dad's career has influenced his play in a press conference at Southern Hills.
“It's because of the PGA that he has had the job he had for the last many years,” Cameron said late Saturday. “Without that at Sleepy Hollow, I don't start playing at four years old or earlier. I don't have the access that I did growing up. I started playing in PGA junior events when I was nine, eight, something like that."
After a round, David and Cameron are not ones to sit and go over every single hole, every single shot, and every single mistake. Instead, they have a healthy parent/child approach to a post-round recap.
“If he plays well, there is not much to talk about. If he plays okay, we may chat about a few things. If he does not play how he wants to- that’s when I just let him vent for a while,” David says.
“It’s a really, really easy relationship for us,” David states. “It’s not real tricky. First and foremost, he’s my son, and most of the time is spent in that relationship. Every once in a while, we’ll do a little work if he needs to. And mostly it’s him tinkering, finding something that he thinks works, just making sure it makes sense, and looks OK, and makes sense from a mechanics standpoint.”
The 2022 PGA Championship proved a special one, while David usually watches Cameron from afar on TV screens, hoping to catch what he can while he is still working at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, New York, as the Head Golf Professional, but not this time, David was onsite at Southern Hills, watching every shot as his son played in the 2022 PGA Championship, hole by hole.
“I’m used to watching him on TV. All I see there is where the ball ends up. Now, I’ll be able to watch in person and see everything that’s going on. I get to see his swing and his game, not just the result,” Young said, “I’m just really excited.”
“You know, that’s what everyone is asking me, how proud I am,” he shared. “I really don’t know how to answer that. I’m not a man with the right words, I guess. I’m not a writer. I’m much more of a numbers guy, a math guy. So maybe 12 out of 10?”
And if you happened to see Cameron Young play at Southern Hills, you probably saw his proud father in the crowd. David Young was there watching Cameron's every move as he played into contention, ultimately finishing in 3rd place.