Analysis: More history ahead for Patrick Cantlay at Travelers Championship?
Patrick Cantlay said so himself, it's only 36 holes and there's a long way to go. The UCLA sophomore-to-be is not getting ahead of himself so I'll do it for him. He showed an awful lot on the course Friday, but he showed quite a bit off it too.
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June 25, 2011 05:49 am EDT
Patrick Cantlay said so himself, it's only 36 holes and there's a long way to go.
The UCLA sophomore-to-be is not getting ahead of himself so I'll do it for him. He showed an awful lot on the course today, but he showed quite a bit off it too.
From stopping to autograph the ball he putted in for a 60 for a fan to a cool, calm and collected post-round interview, Cantlay exhibited that factor you so often see in stars, he just seems to have "it".
He went out in 30 on his front nine in the second round Friday and equaled it coming in for good measure. he eagled a par-5, the 13th, twice in one day, and almost jarred an 8-iron from 152 yards for a 59.
His approach at the final hole didn't go in, although you half expected it would, instead it settled two-feet, four inches from the cup and he drained the short putt for a new course record and the first 60 by an amateur in the history of the PGA Tour.
"I was just trying to stay in the moment," Cantlay said. "Trying to make good swings and put a good stroke on every putt."
Cantlay made good swings and good putts all day. He had eight birdies and an eagle in his second round and has a four-stroke lead.
That could change by the time the third round comes around, half the field has yet to complete 36 holes, but you get the feeling Cantaly will be fine regardless of his position.
"I came in trying to have no expectatrions so I didn't limit myself,"Cantlay said. "I just wanted to try and play the golf course the best I could. I knew if I played to my capability, I'd have a good finish."
What that good finish will be remains to be seen, but Cantlay gave some clues that would lead you to believe he expects it to be high, very high.
He didn't jar the approach at 18 for a 59 and doesn't have a 59 to his credit.
"Not yet,' he said.
Like he expects it. And why not. He played great at Congressional and was the low amateur at the U.S. Open. His confidence is sky high and now he has his sights on history.
A win this weekend and he would be the fourth amateur in PGA Tour history to do so and the first since Phil Mickelson in 1991.
"I really need to not get ahead of myself and stick to my game plan," Cantlay said. "I need to stay aggressive and have a good time."
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