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Patrick Cantlay

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160

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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

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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

Patrick Cantlay is not in the field at the 2016 Northern Trust Open but his presence was felt nonetheless, albeit on the heels of a tragic event.

For a second consecutive day, players and caddies wore black ribbons on Friday in remembrance of Chris Roth, caddie for Patrick Cantlay, who was tragically killed in Newport Beach, California, on Feb. 13th after being struck by a car. Cantlay hasn't played since finishing last at the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (back injury) and when he eventually returns, will have 10 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $624,746 or 389 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 07:45:00 AM

Despite an indication that Patrick Cantlay would resume his career earlier this year, the 23-year-old hasn't logged time in sanctioned competition since the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in mid-November of 2014.

It was in late March when we relayed the words of Cantlay's agent, Andrew Kipper of Excel Sports Management, who stated that the golfer was eyeing a return to action in the spring. However, the only time during which Cantlay was spotted was during an unsuccessful bid to sectional qualify for the U.S. Open. He still has 10 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to bank $624,746 or 389.15 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category, so he'll have immediate fantasy value whenever he gets back inside the ropes. In fact, he has the kind of firepower that warrants a spot at the end of the bench if your full-season roster has room. Just remember to hold your breath.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 05:29:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay remains sidelined for the time being, thus extending his time away beyond what Rotoworld learned in March.

Late that month, we relayed that Cantlay was hoping for a return this spring. He gave sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open a try in his native California this past Monday, but came up one stroke short of joining a playoff for the final of six berths from that site. He shot 4-under 69-70=139, so the game is there. However, spring officially ends on June 21 and there is no Tour event next week, so we'll back-pedal into our previous holding pattern for the holdover PGA TOUR rookie. He has 10 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $624,746 or 389.150 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 09:01:00 PM

Rotoworld has learned that Patrick Cantlay has his eyes on a return to PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition this spring.

Cantlay, who turned 23 on March 17, has been bothered by a recurring back injury stemming from a fractured L5 vertebra nearly two years ago. He hasn't played since finishing 76th (of 76) that played 72 holes of the OHL Classic of Mayakoba in the fall. His representative from Excel Sports Management, Andrew Kipper, wrote the following in an email to Rotoworld: "Patrick has continued to receive treatment and is beginning to feel better and stronger. The goal is to return to the TOUR later this Spring." The golfer still has rookie eligibility on the PGA TOUR. More importantly, he still has 10 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to collected $624,746 or 389.150 FedExCup points and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category. Given his time away, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Cantlay rehab on the Tour, but that is not a requirement.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 06:33:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay completed the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in 5-over-par 71-68-76-74=289, placing last of 76 golfers that survived the cut.

The holdover rookie also ranked last in fairways hit (26 of 56) and T70 in greens in regulation (41). This was his first start since missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, but every start is critical as he has status in the reshuffle category on a medical extension. Cantlay collected 0.88 FedExCup points and $11,468.00 today, so he now has 10 starts to bank 389.150 FedExCup points or $624,746 and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay is listed in the published field of next week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Cantlay received a sponsor exemption. It'll mark his debut on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR. He has a medical extension in the reshuffle allowing 11 starts to bank $636,214 or 390.030 FedExCup points and get promoted to the Major Medical category. The holdover rookie hasn't played anywhere since missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship. All gamers want is to see him compete regularly. We need to see what he can do when fully healthy and chasing after it. That said, he has the skill set to contend immediately, but he's still a calculated risk at El Camaleón come Thursday.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay will remain a rookie on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR where he has a medical extension in the reshuffle category.

Cantlay managed only five starts in 2013-14. He played seven times in 2012 and 2013, so he has yet to forfeit his rookie eligibility. Meanwhile, he was given 11 starts on the medical to collect $636,214 or 390.030 FedExCup points and get promoted to the Major Medical category. Because he buried in his priority ranking and his objective is a difficult one, his opening value isn't as high as if he were fully exempt for the season. However, if he can eke out one solid showing before his category reshuffles at the conclusion of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Cantlay's stock could rise substantially. He took his time in returning from a fractured vertebra, but it's a new season, so the 22-year-old may turn on the jets once his opportunities for playing time increase.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay posted a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in his opening round of the Wyndham Championship.

In what is his first start since a T23 at The Greenbrier Classic due to back soreness, Cantlay traded three birdies with two bogeys at Sedgefield today. He split eight (of 14) fairways and went 4-for-6 in scrambling, finishing six strokes off the overnight lead. Even if he cracks the top 200 in FedExCup points -- he's currently 217th -- the rookie would likely qualify for the Finals because of his medical situation stemming from a fractured vertebra in 2013.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 07:34:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay is listed in the published field of next week's Wyndham Championship.

He hasn't competed since placing T23 at The Greenbrier Classic. Cantlay then withdrew early from the John Deere Classic due a back injury. Probably only a victory at Sedgefield would upgrade his status for 2014-15, but he's due a medical extension in the reshuffle category next season. Of course, if he happens to finish atop the money list during the Tour Finals (assuming he plays), that status would trump his existing. Given his talent, he shouldn't be ruled out from the possibility despite a part-time schedule returning from a fractured vertebra last year.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay did not tee off as scheduled for his opening round of the John Deere Classic.

The rookie was slated to go off in the last threesome off the 10th tee at 2:15 p.m. CT today. He was not replaced in the field probably because no alternates were on site or immediately available. UPDATE: PGA TOUR Media alerted its followers on Twitter that Cantlay withdrew due to a back injury. This gives gamers reason to be concerned as he had been sidelined for months due to a fractured vertebra.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 03:25:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay has been added to the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.

Cantlay qualified on merit, but wasn't listed in the published field when it was released on Friday afternoon. He's fresh off an impressive T23 at The Greenbrier Classic where he posted four rounds in the 60s. He'll be making his debut at TPC Deere Run.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 12:27:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay returns to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship.

Cantlay made major headlines here back in 2011 when he fired a second-round 10-under-par 60 to set the course record as an amateur. After tying for 24th that week, he missed the cut in his return a year later. His 2013-14 PGA TOUR season was derailed due to a back injury and finally got off the ground with a T71 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May. This will be the second start of his season.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 09:40:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay grinded to a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship and survived the cut in his return to competition.

Go ahead and give the rookie an "A" on his first test since returning to competition. Indeed, it wasn't easy out there for him today despite plum scoring conditions for many. He hit 12 greens in regulation and missed two tries inside seven feet, but thanks to three birdies and a pair of gutty conversions, he signed for the red number. His first highlight occurred at the par-4 ninth where he rinsed his tee ball. After sailing his third well left of the green, Cantlay eventually rolled in a bogey putt from 22'8". His other notable save dropped in for par from 12'6" at the par-4 14th where had to lay up (to 118 yards) after finding the right rough off the tee. At 1-under 139, the phenom is seven strokes off the 36-hole lead.
Fri, May 16, 2014 06:45:00 PM