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Patrick Cantlay

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 128 Patrick Cantlay readies for his PGA Championship debut and checks in 74th in the FedExCup standings.
This is the 25-year-old's fourth overall major appearance, first as a pro. He made the cut in his previous three, including a best of T21 at the 2011 U.S. Open in his major debut. The UCLA product is a perfect 8-for-8 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s, both doubling as top 3s, highlighted by a career-best solo 2nd at the Valspar back in March (sponsor invite). After beginning 2016-17 on a Major Medical Extension out of the reshuffle category -- that dated back to 2013-14 -- the runner-up finish quickly satisfied those terms in just his second start of the season. For unknown reasons, he's played sparingly in the last 12 weeks, making just two starts since mid-May, most recently a T48 at the Canadian Open (68-72-69-71). Aug 9 - 4:03 PM

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Patrick Cantlay returns from a six-week absence as he readies for this week's RBC Canadian Open, getting his first look at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Cantlay has shown nothing but consistency since returning from a long-time injury. He is 7-for-7 this year with nothing outside the top 50. From a round-by-round perspective, he's been T55 or better after every round he's played this year. There is no news on the long layoff, but if he's fully fit then Cantlay looks like a top-tier option in all fantasy formats. Gamers should certainly weigh the risk of rust after not competing for six weeks.
Jul 25 - 12:00 PM

Making his tourney debut, World No. 131 and PGA TOUR rookie Patrick Cantlay eked out an even-par 36-36=72 on Day 3 of THE PLAYERS to post 5-under 211, down two spots to T7, two back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Si Woo Kim and four back of the leader on the course J.B. Holmes, who's playing the 18th.

After opening in 69-70, the 25-year-old began in a five-way T5 on 5-under, four in arrears of 36-hole co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley. He piped 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 3.107 strokes tee-to-green. The Jupiter, Florida, resident circled four birdies at Nos. 5, 10 (from 24'3"), 13 and 16, but cancelled them with bogey-4s at 3 and 17 (3-putt from 17'6") and double bogey-6 at 14. He lost 1.600 strokes around-the-green and 1.038 on-the-green, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and 32 putts total.
May 13 - 7:07 PM

Patrick Cantlay eased his way around TPC Sawgrass with a 2-under-par 35-35=70 during round two of THE PLAYERS, reaching 5-under 139 at halftime, sitting four strokes off the pace.

Cantlay put on a ball-striking clinic on day one (17 GIR) but slowed that pace a bit today, finding just 13 greens in regulation in R2. The UCLA standout flipped the script entirely on the putting greens today, gaining 2.539 strokes putting in R2 after losing 0.022 in R1. On the down side, most of those putts were par-savers, saving par three times from the 6-to-13 foot range while also saving one from 24'2" at the sixth hole. Cantlay has showcased all facets of the game this week, but he'll need to combine his R1 and R2 efforts if he wants to keep climbing up the leaderboard over the weekend.
May 12 - 6:34 PM

Patrick Cantlay cruised to a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of THE PLAYERS, staking out an early spot inside the top 10.

Arriving with two podium finishes in his last three individual stroke-play events, his form is certainly peaking. He continued to strike it well today, pelting his first 17 greens in regulation before missing the final green, leading to his lone blemish of the round. The flat stick never really warmed up, as his lone conversion from outside eight feet came at the par-4 sixth when he splashed home from 17'1". TPC Sawgrass isn't completely new to Cantlay who has seen it in junior competition, but this is definitely a stellar PLAYERS debut.
May 11 - 12:44 PM

Patrick Cantlay and playing partner Patrick Reed combined to shoot 4-under-par 32-36=68 during round one at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, staking out a spot just two strokes off the early co-leaders.

This duo striped 11 (of 14) fairways today while playing in alternate shot format. They opened on the back nine and traded just one birdie with one bogey before making the turn. From there, the putters warmed up, sinking a 22'3" birdie at the par-5 second and then stretching it out to 44'4" for another birdie at the par-4 fourth. Reed arrived with a stellar reputation in team competition, but his career record in foursomes is just 1-2-2. Most of his damage has been done in four-ball (4-1-0). Luckily for this squad, four-ball is the format that will be waiting for them on Friday.
Apr 27 - 7:06 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 214 Patrick Cantlay spun a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage to wrap his tourney debut on 11-under 273, up 10 places to T3 and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead with Ollie Schniederjans. UPDATE: With play completed, Cantlay finished in a three-way T3, two back of fellow rookie and first-time champ Wesley Bryan, who shot 67.

After opening in 70-66-70, the 25-year-old began on 7-under (T13), six back of 54-hole leader Jason Dufner. He mustered seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 2.491 strokes tee-to-green and 1.698 on the greens. The UCLA product squared bogey-5s at holes 3 and 8, camouflaged by six birdies at 2, 4, 7, 9, 14 and 18, walking off with a 15'6" birdie-3 and a tidy 1.500 putts per GIR. This was just his fourth start of the season and met the terms of a medical extension out of the reshuffle category with a career-best solo 2nd at the Valspar two starts and five weeks ago. For the week, Cantlay circled 18 birdies versus five bogeys and one double bogey-6 in R3.
Apr 16 - 5:16 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 214 Patrick Cantlay enjoyed a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the RBC Heritage to post 6-under 136, up 43 places on the live leaderboard to T10, four shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Graham DeLaet and tying the low lap thus far with seven others.

Making his tourney debut, the 25-year-old kicked off with a two-birdie one-bogey 70 and squared one on Day 2 as well, smothered by six birdies. His one blemish came at the par-4 12th, playing down the tree line, and he circled holes 11, 14, 18, 4, 6 and a walk-off 3 at the ninth. The UCLA product's split featured five conventional, each from between five and 19 feet, adding a 25-footer from the fringe at the par-3 fourth.
Apr 14 - 5:13 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 232 Patrick Cantlay is in Humble, Texas, for his Shell Houston Open debut and checks in at 61st in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Cantlay finished T39 on 3-under 285 (70-73-71-71).

The now 25-year-old (Mar. 17th) hit big in his last start three weeks ago, bagging a career-best solo 2nd at the Valspar on a sponsor invite and leapfrogging 1,180 spots in OWGR. That was his second appearance in the event and this is his debut, so that's the question. After collecting $680,400 for the runner-up, the California native satisfied the terms of a medical extension out of the reshuffle category -- that dated back to the 2014-15 season -- and is now playing out of no worse than Category 22 (Major Medical) in the Eligibility Ranking for the remainder of the season. He's making his third start in 2017 (T48, AT&T Pro-Am), and just his fourth in the last two-and-a-quarter years (76th- and last-place finish at the OHL Classic in Nov. 2014). The UCLA product was T1 in birdies at the Valspar (21) and T6 in bogeys (eight).
Mar 29 - 2:07 PM

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

Sponsor invite and World No. 1419 Patrick Cantlay twirled a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the Valspar Championship to reach 10-under 203, up six spots on the live leaderboard to T2, good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead and the low round of the day thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Cantlay's 66 was the low round and he's in solo 2nd, four back of leader Adam Hadwin.

Inclusive of this week's tourney debut, the still PGA TOUR rookie has nine starts remaining on a medical extension in the reshuffle category -- that dates back to the 2014-15 season. After opening in 71-66, he began the third frame in a six-way T8 on 5-under, five shy of 36-hole leader Adam Hadwin. The 24-year-old peppered 12 (of 13) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.911 strokes off-the-tee contributing to 3.453 SG: Tee-to-Green. He circled five birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 11, each from inside of 10 feet, walking off with a 31-foot bomb for birdie-3 at 18.
Mar 11 - 4:44 PM

Patrick Cantlay coasted to a 5-under-par 35-31=66 during round two of the Valspar Championship, climbing to 5-under 137 ahead of his Saturday tee time.

The sponsor invite settled for an even-par 71 in the opening round. He wasn't settling for anything today, as his irons were locked in from the start. On the day, Cantlay gave himself 10 birdie bids from inside 20 feet. On top of that, he holed out for birdie from 38'7" at the par-4 16th. The fan favorite walked off the course gaining 3.636 strokes approaching-the-green. He ranks third in the field this week in SG:Approach. Cantlay is one to watch very closely over the weekend at Innisbrook, especially if he can maintain this level of ball-striking.
Mar 10 - 6:39 PM

World No. 1419 and sponsor invite Patrick Cantlay prepares for his debut at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The still PGA TOUR rookie has nine starts remaining on a medical extension in the reshuffle category -- that dates back to the 2014-15 season -- to earn $606,849 or 381.150 FedExCup points and get promoted to the Major Medical category. So far, he's only used two of those starts: a T48 four weeks ago at the AT&T Pro-Am, and a 76th- and last-place finish at the OHL Classic in Nov. 2014, two-and-a-quarter years before that. The Californian, who resides in Jupiter, Florida, made six regular-season starts on the Tour in 2013 (same year that his back injury occurred), winning the Colombia Championship in Bogata (at age 20) and finishing 29th in regular-season money. He missed the first two cuts in the WCT Finals before posting solo 2nd in the penultimate event (Hotel Fitness Championship), earning $108,000. With his PGA TOUR card secured, the now soon-to-be 25-year-old (Mar. 17th) did not play the last event and finished 10th in Finals money.
Mar 8 - 3:18 PM

Patrick Cantlay is making his long-awaited return to competitive golf as he readies for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. UPDATE: In his first action in 117 weeks, Cantlay finished T48 on 3-under 284 (70-71-72-72). For the week, he carded 15 birdies against 10 bogeys and a double.

Cantlay's story is a tale of injury as well as tragedy. A fracture in his L5 vertebra originally shut him down and continued to shut him down whenever his return seemed imminent. A spine/back injury is difficult enough to return from, but then Cantlay witnessed the hit-and-run death of his caddie and longtime friend Chris Roth last February. It's completely understandable that it's taken Cantlay this long to work his way back into physical and emotional form. His last PGA TOUR appearance came at the OHL Classic in November of 2014. On Thursday, it will be 816 days since his last competitive event. The phenom out of UCLA has all the talent in the world, but it's safe to expect a little bit of rust as he reunites himself with the TOUR routine. Cantlay will have 10 starts on a Tour Medical, needing to earn 389 FedExCup points or $624,746 to fulfill the terms and jump back into the WCT graduate reshuffle for the remainder of the season.
Feb 6 - 7:50 PM

Patrick Cantlay's return to competitive golf remains a mystery heading into 2017. UPDATE: In a promising sign for Cantlay, David Woods (Director of Golf @ The Vintage Club) tweeted "Patrick Cantlay getting ready for his @PGATOUR return at Pebble. Set the course record (63) today on the Mountain Course at #thevintageclub"

The phenom out of UCLA fractured his L5 vertebra back in 2013 and has failed to make a full return since. He was last seen at the 2015 U.S. Open sectional qualifying where he failed to advance to Chambers Bay. Cantlay's last PGA TOUR action was a 76th-place finish at the OHL Classic in November of 2014. Only to compound the difficulty of returning, his caddie, Chris Roth, was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident last February. When/if the 24-year-old returns to golf, he'll have 10 events on a medical extension to earn 389 FedExCup points or $624,746. A fulfillment of those terms would put him back into the Tour graduate reshuffle category for the remainder of the season. The youngster maintains huge potential on the PGA TOUR but gamers can keep him off their radars until he shows any sign of a return.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:16:00 PM