Clemson golf

Young gets first Korn-Ferry Tour win with a victory in Panama

Carson Young shot a 2-under par final round 68 to win his first Korn-Ferry tournament with his victory at the Panama championship. (PGA Tour photo)

Carson Young started the final round of the Panama Championship trailing the leaders by two shots.

Young bogeyed number one, but that would turn out to be the only blemish on his final round score card.

The Clemson grad spotted the three golfers in front of him another shot on his first hole.

The two-time All-ACC golfer went on to make back to back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes.

He added one more birdie on the 12th hole to finish at 2-under par 68 and claim his first Korn-Ferry Tour title with a one-shot victory.

“I’m probably going to cry later,” said Young. “This is a huge deal for me,” said the Tour pro who grew up in Pendleton.

While his back to back birdies gave him the lead, it was a par save on the hole before the two birdies that set Young up for the win.

“I didn’t look at any scores all day, so I didn’t know where I stood. I thought I was a little bit short until after I tapped in on No. 18. My caddie said, ‘Well, you’re solo lead right now,” he recalled.

Young used a successful summer on the Forme Tour to begin Q-School at the second stage.

Young finished 29th in the final stage to earn eight exemptions to start the 2022 season.

“I’ve been grinding out here for four years just to make the Korn-Ferry doing the Monday qualifying route. So to make it out here means the world to me,” said the two-time SCGA Amateur Champion.

Young’s success came at a time when he was down to the last chance he had given himself to make it to the Tour.

“I told myself in second stage, if I didn’t make it through I was going to be done with golf,” he recalled.

Now with the win Young doesn’t have to worry about the other events after the first eight, he is exempt for the remainder of the Korn-Ferry season.

“I got through so I thought maybe it was meant to be and I’m still supposed to play golf, and here I am today,” he said.

Carl Youn birdied his final three holes to get within a shot of Young. He finished in second with Brandon Masters and third round co-leader Jimmy Stanger at 7-under par.

For the week Young shot rounds of 68-65-71 and 68 for a 272 total and the win.

“This is what I have dreamed of ever since I turned pro. To win on the Korn Ferry Tour and to do it in my third event of the year, I couldn’t ask for anything more, so this is a really special moment for me. This is the perfect time. Honestly, it is even sooner than I imagined,” he said.

Young won $135,000 for the victory. His total earnings for the other nine Korn-Ferry tournaments he played before this season was around $7,000.

“I never had that much money or seen that much money. I’m sure I might go buy some more fishing gear. I love bass fishing, so maybe the wife will let me buy a few rods and reels. That will be nice,” concluded the first time Korn-Ferry winner.

Clemson grad Carson Young from Pendleton earned $135,000 for his first Korn-Ferry Tour Victory. (PGA Tour photo)

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