Patrick Cantlay: Back In Action

June 21, 2017

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He may not have a win to his credit yet, but TravisMathew Team Member Patrick Cantlay is one of the best stories of the 2017 PGA Tour season so far.

 

After a storied amateur career that included National Player of the Year honors as a freshman at UCLA in 2011, setting a PGA Tour record for lowest amateur round with a course-record 60 during the Travelers Championship, and a stretch of being ranked #1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings for a then-record 54 consecutive weeks (since topped by Jon Rahm in 2016), the young Cantlay pulled the card played by most college phenoms in the other major sports: he left school early to become a professional.

 

The talented Cantlay found early success, including winning the 2013 Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour, which eventually lead to him earning his PGA Tour card for the 2014 season. However, a back injury forced Cantlay to play in only five events during the year and until this season, his last competitive round on the PGA Tour was back in 2014 during the OHL Classic. The next few years resulted in more back issues, frustration and personal setbacks and many believed the one-bright star of Cantlay had possibly dimmed for good.

 

Those close to Cantlay, including his swing coach Jamie Mulligan, COO of Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, CA, knew Cantlay had the talent and desire and his hard work both on and off the course would eventually pay off. When Cantlay finally decided he was finally healthy enough to tee it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February, it ended a 27-month stretch of inactivity on Tour. And while he only finished in a tie for 48th place, just making the cut and the ability to be healthy enough to play four straight competitive rounds was a major stepping stone in Cantlay’s 2017 season, if not career.

 

With the stress fracture literally behind him and regained confidence, Cantlay, now 25, started to choose and pick his events on the PGA Tour schedule carefully, and it’s paid off. A solo second-place finish in March at the Valspar Championship and a T-3 at the RBC Heritage in April all but guaranteed Cantlay’s status on Tour for 2018. He’s made a cut in all eight events he’s played in this year and currently sits at 53rd in the FedEx Cup standings.

 

Cantlay, a longtime supporter and friend of TravisMathew, continues to work hard on both his game and his physical strength and conditioning. With his game, body and mind back in top shape, the golf world expects to see Cantlay’s name at the top of leaderboards for years to come. In a season highlighted by first time winners and breakouts by young stars in their 20s (eight winners this year have been by players 26 or younger), that first PGA Tour victory can only be just around the corner for Cantlay.

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