Patrick Cantlay

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Patrick Cantlay
Personal information
Born (1992-03-17) March 17, 1992 (age 25)
Long Beach, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Los Alamitos, California
College UCLA
Turned professional 2012
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T47: 2012
U.S. Open T21: 2011
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Jack Nicklaus Award 2011
Pac-10 Conference
Player of the Year
Haskins Award 2011
Mark H. McCormack Medal 2011
Ben Hogan Award 2012

Patrick Cantlay (born March 17, 1992) is an American professional golfer who was the number one golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 55 weeks. He finished in the top-25 of his first four PGA Tour events as an amateur in 2011, including being the low amateur at the U.S. Open. The following week, Cantlay shot the lowest round in PGA Tour history by an amateur when he shot a course record 60 at the Travelers Championship.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1] 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, his best PGA Tour finish to date.

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 career[edit]

In June 2012, Cantlay decided to forgo his final two years of college to turn professional.[6] 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 Tour. He played in the Tour Finals and finished 11th to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014. In 2013–14, he played only five events due to a back injury and was granted an 11-event medical extension. He played in one tournament the following season and 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.[7][8]

In his second start of the 2017 season, Cantlay regained his PGA Tour card with a second place finish at the Valspar Championship.[9]

Professional wins (1)[edit] Tour wins (1)[edit]

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

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012
Masters Tournament DNP T47LA
U.S. Open T21LA T41
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
LA = low amateur
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2011 U.S. Open – present)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Patrick Cantlay's 60 is amateur record on PGA Tour". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  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. ^ Yoon, Peter (June 19, 2012). "Patrick Cantlay turning professional". ESPN. 
  7. ^ Hoggard, Rex (February 19, 2016). "Players, caddies pay tribute to caddie killed in hit-and-run". Golf Channel. 
  8. ^ Lavner, Ryan (February 8, 2017). "Years later, Cantlay returns from injury, tragedy". Golf Channel. 
  9. ^ "Adam Hadwin's win books spot at Masters, to delay honeymoon". ESPN. Associated Press. March 12, 2017. 

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