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If Cameron Young was auditioning for a movie on Friday, he would have earned the lead role with his performance, and he would have earned it effortlessly.

Alas, Young wasn’t auditioning for a movie but rather for the Presidents Cup, with the Wake Forest alum having starred alongside Team USA captain Davis Love III on the first two days of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. If spots on the U.S. team had been given out for just one round, he would have quickly made the roster.

Young’s nine under 63 on Friday, which tied the 18-hole tournament record, certainly impressed Love, but he’s currently sitting 13th in the Team USA standings, seven spots behind an automatic bid. There are six captain’s picks, though, and Young’s first two rounds with Love, in which he shot 10 under to be T-4, will go a long way to boosting his chances of being selected with one of those six. .

“I didn’t know Cam at all,” Love said afterwards. “So it was a good week.”

The fact that the third member of the group was fellow Demon Deacon Will Zalatoris, who sits 10th in the Team USA standings, further helped Young’s case. Zalatoris and Young stayed together at Wake, and they remain very good friends. Love could see them become the next dynamic Red, White and Blue duo for years to come.

“If they’ve been on the team, they’re a natural,” Love said. “It’s like Alex [Schauffele] and patrick [Cantlay], they are like peas in a pod. The only thing I asked them, you know, we used to have guys who hung out all the time and did everything together but they didn’t really want to play together. I said, ‘Do you want to play together or…’ No, no, no, we do everything together.”

Young once again positioned himself to fight for his first win, knew what was at stake when he saw he would be paired with Love and his college buddy. Safe to say he managed to overcome all the nerves of this trial run.

“A little bit,” Young said when asked if it was different performing with Love. “I mean, you obviously have an idea why he’s here. I don’t know what I’m on the points list for the Presidents Cup, but I think I’m probably somewhere where I could to be chosen. Every time you rub shoulders with someone like that, with his CV and then obviously his presence in the world of golf, it’s a lot of fun. Obviously I’m happy to have played well for a lot of reasons, but happy to do it in front of him too.”

Considering the direction Team USA seems to be heading – younger, longer, wiser beyond age, etc. – it’s a safe bet that Young and Zalatoris will be part of the team and that they will be paired. The prospect of this, understandably, stuns the 25-year-old rising star.

“That would be very special.” Young added. “I’ve been on a few teams throughout my life and it’s a lot of fun. Every time you put on red, white and blue, it’s a special experience and I think it would be at a a little different level for me. But yeah, obviously I think it’s good to play well in front of him and good just to hang out with him. He’s a great guy and he’s been in the game a long time, so it’s was great fun.”

See who’s climbing the leader board again

It’s unfair to toss the S-word as liberally as we do (rhymes with pomp), but that’s apparently what happened to Russell Henley after he failed to close the Sony Open in Hawaii last January. season, and the first part of it, the former Georgia Bulldog was a lock to be in the top 10 or top 20 in almost every other event he entered. Since that crushing finalist at Sony, he has failed to post a top-10 finish in 12 consecutive events.

But the past four months in particular are where Henley’s struggles have been most notable, a product of an icy putter and the fact that he has only played sparingly from April onwards. Of his last six events, four were majors, none of which finished higher than 30th (the Masters).

On Friday, Henley returned to a place he had been living for some time – the top of the leaderboard. A seven under 65, which didn’t feature a single bogey, propelled him to 10 under after 36 holes, which put Henley in fourth just five shots off Taylor Pendrith’s lead. Over two rounds, he leads the field in SG/tee-to-green and ranks in the top six in approach and play around the green. The putter is still cold, with Henley ranking 118th in that category, but that should only scare the rest of the field. If he keeps the game from tee to green and a few putts start to fall, Henley might be able to avenge the recent heavy losses to Sony and last year’s Wyndham Championship, where he will return next week at the regular season finale.

Adam Scott Says The Quiet Part Out Loud

Speaking of close Wyndham Championship calls, Adam Scott was one of six players who chased Henley last year at Sedgefield and earned a spot in a sudden-death playoff. Like Henley, however, he came away crushed when Kevin Kisner finished work on the second hole of the playoffs, and Scott hasn’t been able to come close to a win since. He’s now gone two years and five months since his last win, a fact the 42-year-old is well aware of.

“For me, the last two years have been a bit of a blur,” said Scott, whose six Under-66s put him tied for seventh in Detroit. “There’s a lot going on, I guess, for everyone with COVID, but travel, international travel and everything, and also, you know, we had another young child.

“I don’t know if it’s long [since his last win] or just a wash,” he said. “But a year ago next week I was in that playoff at Wyndham and I had the putt to win. I would like to find this position this weekend. I think in general everything has calmed down for me and my game and everything is going in the right direction. So if it’s not this week, it would be a good goal to try to win an event by the end of this season.”

Scott realizes he just hasn’t played well enough to win on the PGA Tour in 2021-22. Just… okay. It was this realization that led him to make an interesting admission on Friday afternoon.

“I don’t think I played badly at all, to be honest,” he said. “I usually play well, but that kind of stuff sucks on the tour.”

Charles Howell III may disagree, but Scotty has a few more wins, and a few big wins, than CH3. Just OK, it sucks for the big guys, which Scott really is. But a T-14 at the US Open, a T-15 at the Open Championship, plus a strong start this week, are signs he’s coming off the funk just OK and he’s ready to fight again. .

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