It’s hard to believe, but this is Patrick Cantlay’s debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s a West Coast guy who also has dealt with injuries throughout his 10-year career as a pro, so Cantlay hasn’t played much on the Florida swing. However, you would have thought he’d made it to Bay Hill a time or two by now.
Instead of course history to lean on, he’ll look to keep current form going. Cantlay is coming off a solo third-place finish a couple weeks ago at the Genesis Invitational. He fell off late in the day, but was within striking range through some of Sunday.
The former UCLA Bruin also has a T-2nd this season at the Shriners Children’s Open, so he’s knocking on the door of another win. In round three in Vegas, his 60 stands as the lowest round by anyone on the PGA Tour this season.
The eight-time PGA Tour champion got his last one at last year’s BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Cantlay will be taking on a similar strength of field this week in Orlando.
The 30-year-old is in the positive in every per-round strokes gained category, including 10th total (1.773), 12th off the tee (.717), and 14th tee to green (1.173). He’s also 19th in approach proximity from 200-plus yards (47’), which will help him with the meaty par-3s and par-5s, for example.
Before the action gets underway this week, Cantlay and a host of other big names will get a taste of Florida golf at Monday’s Seminole Pro-Member.