Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Patrick Cantlay lines up a putt on the third playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
He made everyone take notice in 2011 when he shot 60 in the second round of the Traveler’s Championship as an amateur who just completed his freshman year at UCLA. He turned pro and then completely disappeared. But Patrick Cantlay has come back, and in a big way. He won four tournaments this past season on the PGA Tour and earned the FedEx Cup while being voted Player of the Year by his peers on tour.
Due to a back injury in 2014, Cantlay did not play golf until the start of the 2017 season, but he made up for lost time After some good finishes he won the Shriner’s Hospital for Children’s Open in November of that year, and hasn’t looked back since. The former #1 amateur in the world was now fulfilling the promise he showed at the Traveler’s in 2011. At the recently completed Ryder Cup, Cantlay’s record of 3-0-1 was stellar, eclipsed only by teammate Dustin Johnson’s brilliant 5-0-0. At this point, the only thing that can derail Cantlay is another injury, because at this stage he has proven to be one of the best in the world.