10:41 a.m. EDT: A youthful practice-round group
BETHESDA, Md. – Under different circumstances, the 8:50 a.m. practice round this morning could have been a grouping of college golf’s top three players.
Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay were joined on the first tee by PGA Tour pro Rickie Fowler (of Golf Boys fame). Fowler left Oklahoma State after his sophomore season to turn pro and, had he stayed, would have recently completed his senior year.
Cantlay and Uihlein, Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, were both finalists for the Hogan Award, which Uihlein won. Fowler was in attendance to watch Uihlein and fellow OSU teammate Kevin Tway, who also was a finalist.
It’s interesting watching Cantlay alongside the two outgoing Cowboys from Oklahoma State. Standing next to Fowler, a man who was publicly shirtless in leather pants yesterday, it’s easy to notice that Cantlay’s expression rarely changes. He’s all business this week, which is nothing out of the ordinary.
“He’s like that all the time,” said a childhood friend who was following Cantlay’s group. “He jokes around with his friends a little, but he usually is pretty calm and collected. He doesn’t get too worked up one way or the other.”
– D.J. Piehowski