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Patrick Cantlay |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 160
College: UCLA

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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. Aug 14 - 7:34 PM

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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.
Aug 8 - 7:18 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.
Jul 10 - 3:25 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.
Jul 7 - 12:27 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.
Jun 16 - 9:40 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.
May 16 - 6:45 PM

Patrick Cantlay returned to competition with an even-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Given that this was his first live action since late last summer, chalk it up as a success. Cantlay split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. He managed only two birdies, one of which on his last hole (No. 9) of the trot around Las Colinas. He also incurred two bogeys, the first at the par-4 10th. He's a special talent, so don't wait long if you're in a situation where you can sit on him for a while. He'd be an excellent replacement for any dead weight.
May 15 - 7:46 PM

Patrick Cantlay is listed in the published field of next week's HP Byron Nelson Championship.

This comes just one week after Tim Rosaforte reported in Golf World that the PGA TOUR rookie had no timetable to return to competition following a stress fracture in his L5 vertebrae. It's tremendous news for Cantlay's owners as their patience will be rewarded with playing time. Of course, expectations should remain low for the time being.
May 9 - 6:10 PM

In a brief entry on page 14 in the May 5 edition of Golf World, Tim Rosaforte reported that Patrick Cantlay is in no hurry to return to competition following a fractured L5 vertebrae.

This is the first bite of news on the PGA TOUR rookie since he shut it down after a solo second in the first leg of the inaugural Tour Finals eight months ago. "The stress fracture is healed," said Cantlay's coach, Jamie Mulligan. "He's just trying to make sure he's 100 percent pain-free. It's kind of a blessing in disguise. It's made him reflect, get stronger in the mind, stronger in the body. He's getting closer and closer." Since the midpoint of the PGA TOUR season is in the rearview mirror, it wouldn't make much sense for Cantlay to return until the 2014-15 season when he'd enjoy the full compliment of starts via a medical extension in the reshuffle category to devote toward the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs. However, given this update, it seems reasonable to expect him to rehab on the Tour in the interim.
May 2 - 8:03 PM

Patrick Cantlay is not listed in the published field of next week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

It's a mild surprise that he didn't attempt at least one start this fall since the first reshuffle will occur following next week's tournament. Cantlay started ninth in the first phase and stands to drop at least 21 spots (as of the WGC-HSBC Champions). That won't bode well for a busy schedule on the West Coast Swing, so he's clearly approaching recovery from a hairline fracture in his L5 vertebrae carefully and with a long-term perspective. Besides, if he eventually needs it, there's always the safety net of a medical extension. That's bad news for investors, but he's too talented to set free until he shares a better indication as to when he thinks he'll be ready to compete again.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 12:20:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay is not listed in the published field of next week's Tour Championship.

Probably a wise decision given he's seventh in the Tour Finals with just the one event remaining. The more relevant angle will emerge once the 2013-14 season encroaches in three weeks. He'll be one of the most valuable survivors of the 25, but his health may limit him early on. He's a classic smart fit for rosters of known commodities.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 08:00:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay has elected not to compete in this week's Chiquita Classic due to his nagging back injury.

Cantlay has been dealing with a hairline fracture in his L5 vertebrae for months. It limited him to nine starts on the Tour, but he returned to his old self with a solo second at last week's Hotel Fitness Championship to open the Tour Finals. It's difficult to know how that finish would hold up if he were to sit out the final two events of the series as well, but he just might. "I’m just going to take it day-to-day right now," he said. "I won’t play until I feel confident that I know I won’t hurt it again. I was committed to playing this week, and would have if I felt completely healthy. ... I never felt healthy these past couple of weeks. My back was hurting last week, especially coming out of the rough on Sunday."
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:14:00 AM

Patrick Cantlay broke out of the pack with an 8-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of the Hotel Fitness Championship and leads by three at 19-under 197 with 18 to play.

Cantlay eagled the par-5 second and followed with a birdie on the par-4 third, but suffered a double-bogey six on the sixth hole. That would be it for the blemishes, and he closed out his first nine at Sycamore Hills with a birdie at nine. He would use the back nine as a way to distance himself, circling four birdies and a second eagle of the round. His 1.488 putting average ranks second for the week. Should he hold on and win tomorrow he would lock up a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay signed for a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship to share the 36-hole lead at 11-under 133 with Trevor Immelman and Michael Putnam.

Cantlay began his day on the 10th hole with a par, then swallowed his only bogey on the par-3 11th. With that out of the way, he went on to rattle off eight birdies over his final 16 hole. A winner earlier in the season at the Colombia Championship, injuries derailed his year and kept him outside of the top 25 on the Tour regular season money list.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 09:50:00 PM

Patrick Cantlay withdrew during his second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial due to a back injury.

Really? He's 21 years of age. Let's just hope that he elected not to push it and it's not serious. He was 3-over through seven holes today and 8-over through 25, so he wasn't anywhere near the cut line. Cantlay entered the week ranked sixth on the Tour money list. That position is in jeopardy since the circuit is in Mexico this week. If he's able, he'll try again at next week's Mid-Atlantic Championship.
Fri, May 24, 2013 11:48:00 AM