Cantlay capturing the moment at Travelers

By Jason SobelJune 25, 2011, 1:02 am

The past month of Patrick Cantlay’s life reads like a how-to book on becoming golf’s next big superstar.

In the final event of his freshman season at UCLA, he finished in second place at the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla. …

… then two days later traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to pick up the Jack Nicklaus Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate player …

… and while he was in town, he also cruised through U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

… only to hop on a plane for Greenwich, Conn., later that day en route to helping lead the United States to a Palmer Cup victory …

… from which he went to Bethesda, Md., and not only made the cut at the U.S. Open, but finished as low amateur in a share of 21st place.

You could excuse the 19 year old if he had chosen to follow that journey with a week of sleeping ‘til noon and bumming around his folks’ place in California. Instead, he took a sponsor’s exemption into the Travelers Championship, where so far he’s topping all of those previous feats.

Following an opening-round 3-under 67, Cantlay fired a blistering 60 on Friday, just one stroke shy of tying the PGA Tour record shared by five players.

“I was just trying to stay in the moment,” he said afterward. “So as far as realizing what I was doing, I was just, you know, trying to make good swings and put a good stroke on every putt. I actually shot 60 maybe three, four months ago at my home course, Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. That was 11 under. No 59. Not yet.”

Almost, though. Needing to birdie three of his final four holes at TPC River Highlands, Cantlay carded pars on the 15th and 16th holes. He drilled a seven-foot birdie putt on 17, but an eagle on the long par-4 closing hole seemed unlikely. From 152 yards in the fairway, he simply drilled an approach to within 28 inches of the cup, giving him a tap-in for 60.

“I knew where I was and I knew I needed to make eagle on 18 for 59,” said Cantlay, who became the first amateur to post 60 on the PGA Tour and the 24th player overall. “But you know, it's tough to hole it from 152.”

Instead, Cantlay was forced to settle for a four-stroke lead with half the field still yet to conclude the weather-delayed second round. He is attempting to become the fifth amateur to win a PGA Tour event and first since Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open. Three amateurs – Pablo Martin, Danny Lee and Shane Lowry – have won European Tour events since 2007 and already this season, Russell Henley has claimed a Nationwide Tour title.

Should he win this week, Cantlay’s first-place prize money will be awarded to the second-place finisher. Don’t expect him to be collecting any paychecks soon, either.

After the round, he reiterated his desire to remain at UCLA for three more years.

“I'm not thinking about that right now,” he said. “So I'm going to try and take care of business this week and then see what's going on. But I'm going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup, and my plans are to stay amateur, you know, until I finish college.”

And if he falters on the weekend in Hartford and doesn’t remain atop the leaderboard? Well, there’s always next week.

On Friday, it was announced he was granted a sponsor’s exemption into the AT&T National, meaning Patrick Cantlay’s excellent adventure will only continue.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.