Fordham Prep Graduate Young Places Second at British Open


Cameron Young came up one stroke short of winning a PGA major. The Fordham Prep graduate shot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the British Open on July 17 to finish at 19-under par for the four-day tournament at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Cameron Smith finished at 8 under Sunday and 20 under over four days to win the tournament. The British Open is one of the four major championship tournaments on the PGA Tour.

“I think I gave myself a really nice chance, frustrating to come up short, but overall I think I had a really good week, and I think I hung in there really well today,” Young, a resident of Scarborough in Westchester County, said in the post-tournament press conference. 

“I played really well today and I would have signed up for 65 this morning and to watch Cameron shoot what he did was pretty amazing.”

Young and Smith were tied entering Sunday’s final round, and trailed leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland by four strokes. Young and Smith took over the tournament spotlight on the back nine where Young shot 5 under and Smith finished 6 under.

“I had a front row seat to, I’m sure, one of the better rounds that’s been played this year,” Young said.

Young, 25, shot under par in all four rounds of the open. Young, who placed second for the fourth time in his young PGA career, earned $1.455 million for placing second at the British Open.