BETHESDA, Md. – UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay posted the fifth best 18-hole score in the 111-year history of the U.S. Open on Friday.
So, naturally, after signing for his 4-under-par 67, Cantlay was asked about when he intends to turn pro. He just completed a highly successful freshman season winning four times, finishing runner-up at the NCAA championships and claiming the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s best collegiate player.
“My timeline is after I graduate from UCLA,” said Cantlay, 19.
So his 67 changes nothing about his plans to turn pro?
So what’s the earliest he would entertain going pro?
“After I get a degree.”
Here are the four amateur scores lower than Cantlay’s in U.S. Open history:
65 (6 under) – James McHale, third round, St. Louis C.C.,
Clayton, Mo., 1947
65 (5 under) – James Simons, third round, Merion G.C.
(East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 1971
65 (5 under) – Nick Taylor, second round, Bethpage State
Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009
66 (6 under) – John Goodman, second round, North
Shore G.C., Glenview, Ill., 1933