Patrick Cantlay is one of three Californians appearing in this week’s power rankings. The Long Beach native and former UCLA Bruin will head north to TPC Harding Park for his course debut.
I’d wager he’ll be coming back to this venue for the 2026 Presidents Cup.
Cantlay is perhaps the least ballyhooed player in the world top 10, but he just churns out good results week after week. The 28-year-old’s finished T-35th or better in four starts since golf’s resumption in June. That includes T-11th at the Travelers Championship and T-7th at the Workday Charity Open.
His consistency throughout his career applies to the majors, too. In 12 appearances, Cantlay’s made 11 cuts and was 47th or better each time. Last year, he picked up three top-25s including contending at the Masters (T-9th) and at the PGA Championship (T-3rd).
Cantlay ranks seventh on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee to green (1.339). His approach play is about as good as it comes and he’s top 50 in most proximity stats between 100-200 yards.
While TPC Harding Park doesn’t have poa annua greens anymore like Cantlay is used to on the West Coast, he should still be familiar playing this type of golf. Plus, if the winds are blowing, he’ll be able to stand up to the test.
If you’re making a DFS lineup, Cantlay’s one of your safer bets. He comes to California riding a streak of 18 worldwide stroke play made cuts dating back to May 2019. He’s only finished outside the top 40 twice in that span.