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A two-stroke penalty has derailed Cameron Young’s second-round comeback at the PGA Championship.

The American, after carding a four-over-par 74 yesterday, was on track to make the cut before playing his ball from the wrong place on the 16th hole.

Starting from the 10th tee in his second round, it was on Young’s seventh hole that he failed to move his ball marker back to its original position before holing out.

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Young left his approach shot from 166 yards out to 58 feet and 11 inches from the hole, and then left a tap-in putt from two feet to the hole with his third shot.

As his ball marker was on the line of play of both playing partners, Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama, the New Yorker correctly moved his marker one clubhead-length to the side.

However, Young’s round took a drastic turn towards missing the cut when he replaced the ball and made his par from the wrong place, incurring the general penalty of two strokes.

The two-shot swing left the 26-year-old at even par for his round but has since made two bogeys and a double bogey to sit well off the projected cutline.

It was a mixed bag for Young on Thursday, as two double bogeys nullified three birdies, but he was making a charge for the cut after the same number of birdies today before the silly mistake.

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The East Course at Oak Hill has played hard enough for players this week, averaging more than three strokes over par in yesterday’s first round.

But a preventable dent on the scorecard means Young will join the list of big names set to miss the cut at the 105th PGA Championship in Rochester.

Sam Burns, Webb Simpson, and Sungjae Im are among those who have suffered horror weeks in upstate New York and will not play any part in the weekend’s action.


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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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