Cantlay receives three PGA Tour exemptions
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Patrick Cantlay has three starts remaining in his quest to earn a PGA Tour card. He earned $37,855 in his first three pro starts, including a 38th-place finish at last week's Greenbrier Classic. Cantlay's final PGA Tour opportunities this year will come at the RBC Canadian Open, Wyndham Championship and Frys.com Open. PGA Tour non-members are limited to seven invitations per year.
The Canadian Open is July 26-29 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario; the Wyndham Championship is Aug. 16-19 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.; and the Frys.com Open is Oct. 11-14 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
Cantlay, who recently completed his sophomore season at UCLA, made two of three cuts since turning professional at The Travelers Championship. He missed the cut there, but finished 66th at the AT&T National and 38th at last week’s Greenbrier Classic. Cantlay also received an invitation to this year’s Northern Trust Open, where he missed the cut while competing as an amateur.
Cantlay will fill his schedule with starts on the Web.com Tour, according to his swing instructor, Jamie Mulligan. Cantlay is exempt into the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School by virtue of making a cut in a major. He did so at this year’s Masters (T-47) and U.S. Open (T-41).
Cantlay finished ninth at last year’s Canadian Open, his best finish in 11 career PGA Tour starts. He also played last year’s Frys.com, where he was paired with Tiger Woods in the first two rounds, and finished 67th.