5 Things: Cantlay wins in Colombia for first pro title

Patrick Cantlay
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Patrick Cantlay earned the first pro title of his promising pro career at the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship on March 4. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the victory:

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1. RUNNING AWAY: Cantlay, who began the final round tied for the lead with Jim Renner, shot 66 Sunday to win by four. Cantlay made four birdies in the final round, as well as an eagle at the par-5 10th after hitting 6-iron to 12 feet. The eagle came after birdies on the previous two holes. His only bogey came at the par-3 fifth hole. He finished at 18-under 266 (67-68-65-66). Renner shot 70 to finish second. Cantlay, who finished 44th at the season-opening Panama Claro Championship, leads the Web.com Tour money list with $128,310.

“It feels really good to win. I felt in control all day,” Cantlay said. “This sets the year off on the right foot. Even though I’m one of the youngest guys out here I feel really comfortable out here.”

Cantlay (20 years, 11 months, 15 days) is the second-youngest winner in Web.com Tour history. Jason Day was 19 when he won the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Cantlay has an exemption into this week’s Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. He’s played four PGA Tour events in 2013, missing three cuts and finishing ninth at Pebble Beach. He started this year with Web.com Tour status after finishing 79th on the money list in just four starts. He lost a playoff to Russell Henley at the Chiquita Classic and finished fifth at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.

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2. YOUNG GUNS: Jordan Spieth, 19, has started the Web.com Tour season with two consecutive top-7 finishes. He’s sixth on the money list with $50,150 and nearing a Web.com Tour card for 2013. He’ll earn membership if he can surpass the earnings of No. 100 on last year’s money list ($54,799). Spieth finished seventh at the Panama Claro Championship after getting into the field on a sponsor exemption. His seventh-place finish there earned him a start in Colombia, where he finished fourth. That finish earned him a start in this week’s event in Chile, but Spieth is playing the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open instead.

Spieth shot a final-round 67 at Colombia to jump from 13th to fourth. He has a 66.5 Sunday scoring average on the Web.com Tour this year.

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3. OH, BROTHER: Last week was a tough one for Camilo Villegas. The 2010 Honda Classic champion shot 64 to take the first-round lead at PGA National, but missed the cut after a 77 the next day. His little brother, Manuel, had a good week on the Web.com Tour, though.

Manuel birdied three of his final five holes Sunday for a 3-under 68 and a 9-under 275 total. His T-7 finish - the second-best of his career – earned him a start in this week’s Web.com Tour event in Chile. He was one of three Colombians to finish in the top 25 in their native country. Andres Echavarria, the 2011 SEC champion at Florida, finished 11th, while former BYU player Oscar Alvarez finished 24th. Players who finish in the top 25 earn spots in the next tournament.

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4. RENNER’S RUNNER-UP: Jim Renner’s second-place finish was his highest in 29 career Web.com Tour starts. Renner, 29, was a PGA Tour rookie in 2011. He had top-5 finishes at the Viking Classic and Reno-Tahoe Open to finish 155th on the money list. He was 58th on last year’s Web.com Tour money list with three top-10s, including a third-place finish at the Rex Hospital Open.

Renner is now third on the Web.com Tour money list with $77,340.

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5. SHORT SHOTS: Bhavik Patel fired an even-par 71 to finish sixth. Patel is a 22-year-old rookie from Bakersfield, Ca. The Fresno State product was the 2011 California State Amateur winner. Last year, he was medalist at the California State Amateur and won the Southern California Amateur by 8 shots. ... Shane Bertsch, 42, finished third, at Colombia. It was only his third event of the year. He opened the PGA Tour season with a 13th-place finish at the Sony Open. ... Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha finished fourth in Colombia.

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