Sponsor invite and World No. 1419 Patrick Cantlay enjoyed a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Valspar Championship to conclude his second appearance (MC/2013) on 13-under 271, one shy of playing competitor and eventual champ Adam Hadwin, and a career-best finish in his 30th career event, 22 as a pro. UPDATE: Cantlay catapulted 1,180 spots in the OWGR to No. 239.
Inclusive of this week, the still PGA TOUR rookie had nine starts remaining on a medical extension in the reshuffle category -- that dated back to the 2014-15 season. He needed to earn $606,849 to meet the terms, and bagged $680,400, and will now play out of no worse than Category 22 (Major Medical) in the Eligibility Ranking for the remainder of the season. This was the UCLA product's second start of the season -- T48 four weeks ago at the AT&T Pro-Am -- and just his third in the last two-and-a-quarter years (76th- and last-place finish at the OHL Classic in Nov. 2014). After kicking off in 71-66-66, he began in solo 2nd, four shy of Hadwin. The California native hit nine (of 13) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, taking 31 putts but just 1.667 per GIR. He was 4-under thru 15 holes, outpacing bogeys at six and 15 with birdies at 1, 9-11, 13 and 14, now tied for the lead, but bogeyed the 18th (failed sand save). Cantlay turns 25 on Mar. 17th. Mar 12 - 6:39 PM