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.
Cantlay at the 2019 Genesis Open
|Born||March 17, 1992|
Long Beach, California
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|Residence||Los Alamitos, California|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Web.com Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Korn Ferry Tour||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T9: 2019|
|PGA Championship||T3: 2019|
|U.S. Open||T21: 2011, 2019|
|The Open Championship||T12: 2018|
|Achievements and awards|
|Jack Nicklaus Award||2011|
Player of the Year
|Mark H. McCormack Medal||2011|
|Ben Hogan Award||2012|
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
In June 2012, Cantlay decided to forgo his final two years of college to turn professional. 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. Prior to the Travelers, Cantlay announced he would be signing with Mark Steinberg and Excel Sports Management Group, the same management as Tiger Woods. 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 Web.com Tour. He played in the Web.com 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.
In his second start of the 2017 season, Cantlay regained his PGA Tour card with a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship. 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. It was the second consecutive year in which his second start of the season secured his Tour card for the following season.
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. 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)
|1||2017||Shriners Hospitals for Children Open||Alex Čejka, Kim Meen-whee||Won with par on second extra hole|
Web.com 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
|The Open Championship||T12|
|The Open Championship||T41|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||2|
- 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
|FedEx St. Jude Invitational||T6||T12|
"T" = Tied
PGA Tour career summaryEdit
a Cantlay was an amateur.
* As of the 2018 season
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "Patrick Cantlay wins playoff in Las Vegas for 1st PGA Tour victory". ESPN. Associated Press. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Cantlay Receives GCAA National Player of the Year Honors". UCLABruins.com. June 5, 2011. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012.
- "Jack Nicklaus Award recipients Announced". Golf Coaches Association of America. June 5, 2011.
- "Patrick Cantlay gets spot in British Open". ESPN. Associated Press. November 30, 2011.
- Kirk, Jason (June 19, 2011). "2011 US Open: Patrick Cantlay Tops Russell Henley For Low Amateur Honor". SBNation.com.
- "Patrick Cantlay's 60 is amateur record on PGA Tour". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "RBC Canadian Open 2011". Golf Channel. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Yoon, Peter (June 19, 2012). "Patrick Cantlay turning professional". ESPN.
- "Travelers Championship 2012". Golf Channel. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Heitner, Darren (June 21, 2012). "UCLA Golfer Patrick Cantlay Hires Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management". Sports Agents Blog. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Hoggard, Rex (February 19, 2016). "Players, caddies pay tribute to caddie killed in hit-and-run". Golf Channel.
- Lavner, Ryan (February 8, 2017). "Years later, Cantlay returns from injury, tragedy". Golf Channel.
- "Adam Hadwin's win books spot at Masters, to delay honeymoon". ESPN. Associated Press. March 12, 2017.
- "Cantlay (64) rallies from 4 back to win Memorial". ESPN. June 3, 2019.
- "2017 Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- "2018 Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- "Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 25, 2018.