Cameron Young did not win the 150th Open at St Andrews' Old Course on Sunday, but he accomplished a lot.
Carded a final-round 65, including a 17-foot eagle putt that reached 19 under par-solo seconds, falling one short of teammate Cameron Smith (64).
Young, 25, had been openly frustrated by his proclivity to come up just short in so many tournaments this year.
He also has two third-place finishes, including a share of the lead with four holes to play at the PGA Championship in May at Southern Hills.
Young, from Scarborough, N.Y., and a product of Fordham Prep and Sleepy Hollow Country Club, where his father, David, has been the head pro for the past two decades, shot a final-round 7-under 65, capped by an eagle on the 72nd hole.
"I gave myself a really nice opportunity," Young said. "It's frustrating to come up short, but I think I had a really good week overall." Today I persevered admirably.
He said, It probably hurts a little worse to come up one shot short. If you lose by eight, you don’t really care. But I played well today, and I would have signed up for 65 this morning.
Young and Smith, who were paired together for the second round in a row, entered the final day at 12-under par, four shots behind leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland. They were the second-to-last group of people to leave.
Only Smith's 64 outperformed Young's 65. Young stated that he felt he handled the pressure of the day well.