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 former Scarborough resident 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.
The 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 on 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. The Fordham Prep grad missed the cut at the Masters and the U.S. Open. He was tied for third at the PGA Championship before placing 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.
Mike Dougherty covers golf for The Journal News and lohud.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @lohudgolf.
This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Source: Cameron Young 'strongly inclined' to bypass LIV, stay with PGA