Source: Cameron Young 'strongly inclined' to remain on PGA Tour, turn down LIV Golf

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Cameron Young may not be going anywhere.

The likely PGA Tour Rookie of the Year was linked to the upstart LIV Golf tour by The Times UK on Wednesday, but a person close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue said the 25-year-old isn’t likely to join the Saudi-backed league.

Young has seven top-three finishes this season and was runner-up to Cameron Smith at St. Andrew’s last month in the 150th Open Championship. Smith is reportedly set to jump to LIV Golf after the 2022 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Young, a former Wake Forest standout, entered this week 10th on the PGA Tour money list with $6.3 million in 22 events.

“He has been contacted by them, but at this point is very strongly inclined to remain on the PGA Tour,” the source said.

Multiple reports Tuesday had Smith heading to LIV Golf after the playoffs, which begin Thursday with the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Young has enjoyed a whirlwind season. He did not have status on any professional tour last spring but played his way onto the Korn Ferry Tour and won twice there in 2021. He missed the cut at the Masters and the U.S. Open but tied for third at the PGA Championship before placing second behind Smith at the British last month. Young is currently 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Players who have signed on with the breakaway league have either resigned their PGA Tour memberships or have been suspended from playing on the PGA Tour. A federal judge Tuesday allowed that suspension to stand, denying a temporary restraining order sought by three LIV golfers seeking to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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