WATCH: Cam Young with ingenious bunker shot en route to 64 at John Deere Classic

Cameron Young got creative during his second straight low round at the John Deere Classic

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Fri, 7 Jul 2023
WATCH: Cam Young with ingenious bunker shot en route to 64 at John Deere Classic

Cameron Young's creativity paid off Friday at the John Deere Classic for another low round in Illinois.

Young, 26, is continuing his search for a PGA Tour win after leaving the 2021-22 season empty handed despite five runner-up finishes.

The American was the seventh player to rack up so many second-place results on a PGA Tour season since 1980.

So far this season, he hasn't found the same success, though he continues to constantly find himself in the mix.

This week at TPC Deere Run, Young is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 19.

That was evident on Friday, where he shot a second-straight low round for a 36-hole score of 13-under par that was good enough for the early lead.

On Thursday, Young nearly went bogey free for a 6-under 65. He made seven birdies but a late bogey at the par-4 18th brought him back down one stroke.

He was three strokes back of 18-hole leader Jonas Blixt, who had matched his career-low round with a 62.

On Friday, Young followed up Thursday with an even-better 7-under 64.

He opened his day with three straight birdies on the course's back nine and made one more for a 4-under par day as he arrived at the par-5 17th - his eighth hole of the round.

After missing the fairway off the tee, Young hit his second into a bunker with 66 yards to the hole.

Surprisingly, he then took out his 9-iron, and made perfect contact to put his ball seven feet from the hole. He tapped that in for a birdie and was 5-under at the turn.

Here's the clip:

Despite grabbing the early second-round lead, Young was quick to point out there's a lot of golf left while speaking to reporters after his round. 

"We saw this morning, I came out and birdied the first three holes when the leader wasn't on the golf course, and all of a sudden I'm tied with him," Young said. "I mean, there's just nothing that I can take for granted in that respect. It's a golf course that is very scorable when you are in control, but if you play it kind of loosely, it's not that easy either.

"I think it's just remaining really committed to what we've planned on for how to play the golf course and just keep myself in each shot as much as I can."

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