CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA | With one swing early Thursday afternoon, Cameron Young made himself comfortable at the Presidents Cup.
The par-4 first hole at Quail Hollow Club is a 479-yard dogleg right with three bunkers in the left corner of the fairway before it tumbles down a hill. The right side is guarded by a forest of pine trees and, at least the way architect Tom Fazio redesigned the hole a few years ago, a no-fly zone.
Surrounded by 2,500 spectators including Jack Nicklaus, Young looked at the fairway, looked at the trees and proceeded to launch a missile over the pines, leaving his foursomes partner Collin Morikawa with just a wedge into the green on a hole the members play as a par-5.
Cameron Young (left) and Collin Morikawa team for a Presidents Cup point in foursomes. Photo: Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images
It is the airspace less taken – a day later the tee shot had a crisp breeze behind it allowing others to challenge the trees – but on Thursday it spoke to the confidence with which Young plays.
Later, after h...
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