Patrick Cantlay - April 12, 2012


UCLA Sophomore Patrick Cantlay is #1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and earned Low Amateur Honors last week in the 76th Masters Tournament. One thing that he will always remember from his first appearance in The Masters is staying in the Crow’s Nest the entire week and truly experiencing Augusta National. The final round was certainly special as well and when asked to compare the Crow’s Nest to his apartment at UCLA, he said the Crow’s Nest was much nicer.

Starting six shots behind Hideki Matsuyama for Low Amateur honors, Cantlay said that he was not thinking about winning Low Amateur honors to begin the day on Sunday. Instead, he just wanted to go out and play well in the final round of his first Masters and it was certainly an honor to be able to win the Low Amateur title in his first appearance at Augusta National.

He will remember the seventh hole from the final round first because he holed out for an eagle 2 and earned some crystal. That round had pretty much every kind of score you could have although he did not have a double eagle or a triple bogey.

When it comes to his future plans, he does not know when or if he will turn professional. He is honored to have invitations to the U.S. Open and the Open Championship this year and he looks forward to experiencing those Majors as well. The arrangement at UCLA is great because his coach and his teammates are very supportive and they treat him like any other member of the team. They are also very supportive of him playing PGA TOUR events and Majors and agree with him that playing those events will make him and the team better.

While he is not a very good dancer and would not do Dancing with the Stars, he enjoys bowling, ping-pong, basketball, and pretty much any competitive sport. He likes playing horse with some friends on the basketball court when he is not on the golf course.

Coming up, he has a college tournament in Northern California, the PAC-12 Championship in Oregon, the NCAA Championship at Riviera CC, and then the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club so it is a busy schedule with big events but he is looking forward to this stretch of events.