Happily ever after?

By Randall MellAugust 27, 2011, 12:44 am

ERIN, Wis. – Patrick Cantlay’s storybook season keeps getting better.

Two down with two holes to play in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Friday, Cantlay fought back to win in extra holes at Erin Hills.

Yeah, he did it again.

A day after coming from 2 down at the 17th tee to defeat Russell Henley in a high-drama duel, Cantlay scripted another memorable finish.

This time Cantlay decided to make quicker work of his comeback, winning the final three holes to defeat SMU’s Max Buckley in 19 holes. He needed 21 holes to beat Henley.

“Patrick truly believes he’s never out of it,” said Dane Jako, Cantlay’s caddie this week and his former coach at Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif. “I know everybody fights to the end, but this guy truly believes he’s going to pull it off when he’s down. He just had that look on his face at the end today, that look that said, ‘I’m not going home yet.’”

Cantlay, the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the collegiate Player of the Year as a freshman this past season, earned a trip back to the semifinals. He lost to Peter Uihlein in last year’s U.S. Amateur semis with Uihlein going on to win the title. The highly anticipated rematch of Uihlein-Cantlay won’t come off Saturday, though. Cantlay will meet Texas A&M's Jordan Russell after Russell upset Uihlein, 2 and 1.

In the other semifinal, Jack Senior is trying to become just the second Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur, the first in 100 years. England’s Harold Hilton won it in 1911. Senior defeated two-time U.S. Junior champ Jordan Spieth, 1 up, to advance.

Jako was on Cantlay’s bag when they lost in last year’s semifinals.

“Patrick’s a totally different player now,” Jako said. “He’s so much more confident than he was a year ago. I think last year’s experience really set up everything he did at UCLA as a freshman and what he’s done this summer. It started him on this push.”

Cantlay’s already had a summer to remember taking low amateur honors at the U.S. Open, shooting 60 in a PGA Tour event at the Traveler’s and tying for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open, but this week could be his crowning achievement.

After defeating celebrated English amateur Tom Lewis in Friday morning’s Round of 16, Cantlay found himself struggling against Buckley. Twice, Cantlay fought his way back from 2 down in the match.

Stepping to the 17th tee, Cantlay had the confidence of knowing he had prevailed in that hard spot just 24 hours earlier.

“I knew when I was on the tee box, it wasn’t over,” Cantlay said.

Even after missing the 17th green with his approach, Cantlay knew it wasn’t over.

Against Henley on Thursday, Cantlay had Jako remove the flagstick at the 17th and holed his chip from 45 feet to win the hole.

“Before he hit that shot, he says, ‘I’m making this,’” Jako said.

Cantlay told Jako the same thing Friday, and he nearly did hole his chip again. His 30-foot runner grazed the left edge of the hole, but he didn’t need to make it. Buckley missed a 10-footer for par.

At the 18th hole, Cantlay brought his best, striping a pair of lasers to reach the par 5 in two shots. His two-putt birdie forced the playoff.

Magic wasn’t needed on the first playoff hole. Buckley hooked his second shot left into the edge of a hazard. He climbed into the marsh and hacked his third shot back into the hazard again, where he swiped his fourth onto the green. Cantlay won with a par after Buckley missed a 20-footer.

Cantlay’s enjoying the dramatics, but he’d like to fashion a different script this weekend.

“It is nice to know I can hit shots coming down to the wire, but I would obviously like to hit those shots earlier to get the lead,” Cantlay said.

Whether he’s ahead or behind, it doesn’t seem to matter. Cantlay’s loaded with confidence. He’s the man to beat on this U.S. Amateur weekend.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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