The Career of FedEx Cup Points leader and PGA Tour star Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay was an outstanding amateur golfer that always had a future of success at the highest level firmly on the cards.

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Wed, 1 Sep 2021

The Rising Career of FedEx Cup Points leader Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay has now won five times on the PGA Tour. He is ranked at No. 1 in the FedEx Cup points list and he is on course to play for Team USA at the Ryder Cup.

For people who knew Cantlay when he was an up-and-coming amateur player about 10 years ago, none of these achievements will come as a great shock.

In 2011, he was the runner-up in the US Amateur after losing to Kelly Kraft in the final. In the same year, he played for America in the Walker Cup and won two of his four matches.

This was also the season when he won the Fred Haskins Award for the nation's top collegiate player and the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Divison I Player of the Year, which is chosen by golf coaches.

Representing UCLA, he won the award that has also been won by Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas, so he was always on the path to greatness.

2017 was somewhat of a breakthrough season on the PGA Tour for Cantlay. He made the cut in all 13 of his starts, including a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship.

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He managed to progress to the Tour Championship and he joined Xander Schauffele as the only rookies who managed to reach the final leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Cantlay won his first PGA Tour title in 2018 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and progressed to the Tour Championship once again.

He also finished in tied 12th on his debut appearance at The Open Championship at Carnoustie and made seven top-10 finishes throughout the season.

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In 2019, he earned his first top-10 finish in a major championship at The Masters and he also won the first of his two career victories at the Memorial Tournament.

Cantlay has been a figure of consistency on the PGA Tour and 2021 has been his best year by far. He has won the ZOZO Championship, his second Memorial Tournament title and now the BMW Championship.

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The 29-year-old has earned a long-overdue place in the American Ryder Cup team and he will line up as part of a star-studded team that will be favourites to win back the famous trophy at Whistling Straits.

If Cantlay was to lift the FedEx Cup on Sunday, it would be a fitting result to the consistent and massively impressive career that he has had so far.

 

 

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