Patrick Cantlay is about as due for a win at the RBC Heritage as anyone.
The man’s finished T-7th or better in four of five trips to Harbour Town. He had no better chance than last year, when he fired 66-67-70-68 (-13) to enter a two-man playoff won by Jordan Spieth.
Cantlay also owns a T-3rd (70-66-70-67) finish in 2017, T-7th (67-72-68-68) in 2018 and T-3rd (67-72-66-69) in 2019.
"“It’s a golf course I feel really comfortable on so I look forward to this event every year,” Cantlay was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2019. “And I feel like it suits my game.”"
The 31-year-old Californian has yet to win on the PGA Tour this season, but he’s played well enough to remain in the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Cantlay just picked up his fifth straight top-20 last week by producing T-14th at the Masters. He also took solo third at the Genesis Invitational and T-4th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard during that span.
The former UCLA Bruin ranks sixth on the PGA Tour this season in total strokes gained per round (1.836). One of his biggest advantages is off-the-tee, which isn’t as big of a plus this week as in others.
However, Cantlay is a top-50 putter. He’s also fifth in greens in regulation (71.79%) and could gain ground hitting Harbour Town’s tough-to-hit putting surfaces.
Cantlay was unable to end his major championship drought last week. Winning on the PGA Tour is no problem, though, as he’s got eight career victories.
With the pressure of Augusta National behind him, I see him being freed up to contend for victory No. 9 this week in South Carolina.