Patrick Cantlay is back at the scene where he made waves in his pro debut.
After a decorated amateur career and standout seasons at UCLA, Cantlay hit the ground running with an opening round 60 at the 2011 Travelers Championship. He cooled off to finish T-24th, but it set the stage for a pro career that features eight PGA Tour wins with several years remaining in his prime.
That result was the first of six top-25s in eight starts at TPC River Highlands.
"“…it’s nice to come back to a place where you’ve had success,” Cantlay was quoted by ASAP Sports in 2019. “I definitely feel comfortable around here. It’s one of the only golf courses I think I get on the first tee at the beginning of the day and think I can birdie every hole. That’s what it feels like.”"
Cantlay comes into the week on a streak of 10 straight top-30s with five top-10s in that stretch.
He couldn’t quite climb into contention last week at the U.S. Open, but he played fairly well in a de facto home game, finishing T-14th.
The 31-year-old ranks fifth on the PGA Tour this season in total strokes gained per round (1.954). He’s also second in SG off-the-tee (.949). Cantlay is also first in total driving (38), which can help him perhaps chew off a bit more length on a short course this week without getting too wayward.
Cantlay is also third in birdie or better percentage (37.22%).