Clemson golf

Young rolls in 25 foot birdie to win in Jacksonville

Carson Young shot a final round 66 to force a playoff at the LocaliQ Series Jacksonville Championship and then won the playoff with a 25 foot birdie.

Carson Young might want to find a couple more professional tours that stop at Jacksonville’s Hidden Hills Golf Club.

The former Clemson golfer won his second tournament at the course the same way he won the first one, in a playoff.

Young rolled in a 25 foot birdie putt on the playoff hole to win the Jacksonville Championship on the Local i Q Series.

In June the two-time SCGA Amateur champion claimed a win, in a playoff, on the Unbridled Tour at the same course.

“I don’t know what it is, but I have a good track record here—two for two,” Young said of his pair of professional wins at the course in three months. “I guess I just like the way it’s set up,” he said.

Young had a couple of chances late in his final round to avoid a playoff. He had a chip shot hit the pin on number 15 and bounce away. He also had a good chance at a birdie on his final hole, but his 8 footer missed.

Young opened the 54 hole event with an 8-under par 63. He shot a 1-over par 73 in the second round to trail Rowin Caron by 3-shots going into the final round.

In the last round, Young shot a 5-under par 66 to finish tied with Caron and David Pastore to force the playoff.

Caron had the honors and his birdie putt came up short. Pastore was next and almost knocked his birdie in from the back rough.

After Pastore tapped in for a par the stage was set for Young’s birdie try.

See Carson Young’s winning putt

“I saw it sliding just a little right, downhill a little bit and down grain. I just wanted to get it there to make sure I had a chance to make it, but I didn’t want to give it too good of a run because David was already in (for par),” Young said.

Young’s putt seemed to pause on the lip of the cup for a tenth of a second before it fell in.

 “I hit a good putt on line like I wanted, and thankfully it just got there and dripped in,” is the way he saw his winning putt.

Young got into a playoff the last time he played at Hidden Hills with a 15-foot birdie on the same 18th hole. He sank a 10 foot birdie putt on the playoff hole for his first win on the course.

Carson Young won on the same course in a different Tour earlier this year, also in a playoff.

His check for the LocaliQ Series win was $16,000, $10,000 more than his winnings the last time at the course.

In addition to the victory he gained 500 points in the “Race to the Bahamas” where the series championship will be played.

“I’m always confident that I can compete. To validate it with a win and some good finishes the past month or two really tells me I can compete and ready for the next level,” said the winner.

Young now is second in the Series standings. The victory in Jacksonville moved him up 13 spots. He only trails his former Tiger teammate, Bryson Nimmer.

Nimmer has two wins and a runner-up finish so far to lead the series.

The Local iQ Series has two more events scheduled in Florida before the Series Championship is played in Nassau starting on October 27th.

The top golfers at the end of the series will receive exemptions into a Korn-Ferry Tour event.






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