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Patrick Cantlay (born March 17, 1992) is an American professional golfer. He had a successful amateur career and was the number one golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 55 weeks. He has won twice on the PGA Tour, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2017 and the Memorial Tournament in 2019.[1]

Patrick Cantlay
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Cantlay at the 2019 Genesis Open
Personal information
Born (1992-03-17) March 17, 1992 (age 27)
Long Beach, California
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLos Alamitos, California
Turned professional2012
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Tour
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT9: 2019
PGA ChampionshipT3: 2019
U.S. OpenT21: 2011, 2019
The Open ChampionshipT12: 2018
Achievements and awards
Jack Nicklaus Award2011
Pac-10 Conference
Player of the Year
Haskins Award2011
Mark H. McCormack Medal2011
Ben Hogan Award2012

Amateur careerEdit

Cantlay was born in Long Beach, California. He attended Servite High School where he won the California State High School Championship as a senior.

In his freshman year at UCLA, Cantlay won four tournaments and won the Haskins Award as the most outstanding college golfer in 2011. He was also named the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year.[2] Cantlay also won the Phil Mickelson Award as the GCAA National Freshman of the Year in addition to being the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.[3] He also won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top-ranked amateur in the world at the end of the 2011 season. This award earned him an invitation to the 2012 Open Championship.[4]

Cantlay qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open through sectional qualifying. He was one of three amateurs to make the cut along with Russell Henley and Brad Benjamin. Rounds of 70 and 72 over the weekend ensured he was low amateur.[5] His back nine 30 was the best in the tournament and he finished in a tie for 21st. The following week, on June 24, Cantlay shot the lowest round in PGA Tour history by an amateur when he shot a course record 60 at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.[6] The following week, he finished as the low amateur at the AT&T National, finishing in a tie for 20th place. The following week, Cantlay won the Southern California Amateur at the San Gabriel Country Club. He was also low amateur at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open in July, finishing in a tie for ninth place.[7]

On August 6, Cantlay lost to Ethan Tracy in the Western Amateur final at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois. On August 28, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, he lost in the final of the U.S. Amateur to Kelly Kraft. Making the finals earned him a spot in the 2012 Masters Tournament, where he finished in a tie for 47th, making him the low amateur.

On March 23, 2011 he became world number 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He holds the records for most consecutive weeks at number one, 54, and held the record for most total weeks at number one, 55, until Jon Rahm eclipsed him in 2016.

Cantlay represented the United States at the 2011 Walker Cup, where he posted a 2–1–1 record.

Professional careerEdit

In June 2012, Cantlay decided to forgo his final two years of college to turn professional.[8] The decision to go professional meant forfeiting his spot at the 2012 Open Championship. His professional debut was at the 2012 Travelers Championship, where he missed the cut.[9] Prior to the Travelers, Cantlay announced he would be signing with Mark Steinberg and Excel Sports Management Group, the same management as Tiger Woods.[10] Cantlay was the number one amateur in the world before turning pro, holding the top spot for a record 55 weeks. At the time, he was also ranked 415th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He earned his first professional paycheck at AT&T National, finishing in a tie for 66th. The following week he finished in a tie for 38th at the Greenbrier Classic.

Cantlay earned his first professional win at the 2013 Colombia Championship, an event on the Tour. He played in the Tour Finals and finished 11th to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014. In the 2013–14 season he played only five events due to a back injury and was granted an 11-event medical extension. He played in just one tournament the following season, in late 2014, but didn't play at all in 2015 or 2016. As of the start of the 2017 season, ten starts remained on his medical extension.

In February 2016, his caddie, Chris Roth, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Newport Beach, California while Roth and Cantlay were out on the town. Roth had been a high school teammate of Cantlay's and had caddied for him in his amateur and professional career.[11][12]

In his second start of the 2017 season, Cantlay regained his PGA Tour card with a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship.[13] He finished third at the Heritage, 10th at the Northern Trust, 13th at the Dell Technologies Championship and 9th at the BMW Championship, which allowed him to qualify to the Tour Championship.

In his second start of the 2018 season, on November 5, 2017, Cantlay won his first PGA Tour title at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the second extra hole of a three-man playoff.[1] It was the second consecutive year in which his second start of the season secured his Tour card for the following season.

On November 4, 2018, Cantlay narrowly missed defending his title at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished second by one stroke to champion Bryson DeChambeau.

In 2019, he finished tied for third place at the PGA Championship behind winner, Brooks Koepka. Two weeks later he won the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, a result that lifted him into the world top-10 for the first time.[14] Cantlay fired a flawless final round of 64 to come from four strokes behind the 54-hole leader Martin Kaymer and win his second PGA Tour title.

Professional wins (3)Edit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Nov 5, 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open −9 (67-71-70-67=275) Playoff   Alex Čejka,   Kim Meen-whee
2 Jun 2, 2019 Memorial Tournament −19 (68-69-68-64=269) 2 strokes   Adam Scott

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open   Alex Čejka,   Kim Meen-whee Won with par on second extra hole Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Mar 3, 2013 Colombia Championship −18 (67-68-65-66=266) 4 strokes   Jim Renner

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T47LA CUT
U.S. Open T21LA T41 T45
The Open Championship T12
PGA Championship T33 T27
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T9
PGA Championship T3
U.S. Open T21
The Open Championship T41
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
Totals 0 0 1 1 2 5 12 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2018 U.S. Open – 2019 Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2019 Masters – 2019 PGA)

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T30 T6
Match Play T17 T24
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T6 T12
HSBC Champions T15 T7
  Did not play
  Top 10

"T" = Tied

PGA Tour career summaryEdit

Season Starts Cuts
Wins 2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
list rank
2011 5 5 0 0 0 1 4 T9 n/a[a] n/a
2012 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 T31 105,526 n/a
2013 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 T9 195,411 n/a
2014 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 T23 76,131 212
2015 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 76 11,468 249
2017 13 13 0 1 1 4 8 2 2,049,632 47[15]
2018 23 21 1 0 0 7 15 1 3,963,962 20[16]
Career* 61 50 1 1 1 13 29 1 6,402,130 257[17]

a Cantlay was an amateur.

* As of the 2018 season

U.S. national team appearancesEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Patrick Cantlay wins playoff in Las Vegas for 1st PGA Tour victory". ESPN. Associated Press. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Cantlay Receives GCAA National Player of the Year Honors". June 5, 2011. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jack Nicklaus Award recipients Announced". Golf Coaches Association of America. June 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Patrick Cantlay gets spot in British Open". ESPN. Associated Press. November 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Kirk, Jason (June 19, 2011). "2011 US Open: Patrick Cantlay Tops Russell Henley For Low Amateur Honor".
  6. ^ "Patrick Cantlay's 60 is amateur record on PGA Tour". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "RBC Canadian Open 2011". Golf Channel. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Yoon, Peter (June 19, 2012). "Patrick Cantlay turning professional". ESPN.
  9. ^ "Travelers Championship 2012". Golf Channel. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Heitner, Darren (June 21, 2012). "UCLA Golfer Patrick Cantlay Hires Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management". Sports Agents Blog. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Hoggard, Rex (February 19, 2016). "Players, caddies pay tribute to caddie killed in hit-and-run". Golf Channel.
  12. ^ Lavner, Ryan (February 8, 2017). "Years later, Cantlay returns from injury, tragedy". Golf Channel.
  13. ^ "Adam Hadwin's win books spot at Masters, to delay honeymoon". ESPN. Associated Press. March 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Cantlay (64) rallies from 4 back to win Memorial". ESPN. June 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "2017 Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "2018 Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 25, 2018.

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