Patrick Cantlay has a pair of fourth-place finishes in five appearances at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He’s finished on the top half of the leaderboard each time, never finishing worse than T-16th.
Cantlay took fourth in 2020 when he fired 69-71-73-68 and again in 2022 with rounds of 66-67-66-67.
His 26-under-par score a couple years ago would’ve won this event in all but three years.
“I've learned to enjoy this place,” Cantlay was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2020.
"The first year I played it I didn't like it and I just, once you kind of adapt to not hitting any normal shots, it's just not a normal golf course, so once you realize that you're going to hit some goofy shots out there, but that's how you play well, I started to like this place more. I think some of that is just experience, realizing what shot is the right shot out here. Because there's a bunch of elevation change and a bunch of tricky shots out here."- Patrick Cantlay
Cantlay was arguably the best player in 2023 without a win. If not him, it was his good buddy, Xander Schauffele. He accrued eight top-10s, including a solo second in the Playoffs at the FedEx St. Jude Championship where he lost in a playoff to Lucas Glover. Cantlay finished fifth in the FedEx Cup.
Statistically, he had no weaknesses. The former UCLA Bruin ranked third in Strokes Gained: Total (1.869), third in SG: Tee-to-Green (1.564), and fourth in SG: Off-the-Tee (.852).
Despite being a West Coast guy, Cantlay has had success in the past putting on Bermuda greens.
He’s likely eager to make headlines for his play on the course versus off of it. Cantlay was persona non grata at the Ryder Cup for his reported frustration with the PGA of America, et. al, about players’ lack of compensation for playing in the event.
Cantlay is also a member of the PGA Tour Policy Board, which has been front and center in golf news lately surrounding the PGA Tour’s negotiations with outside investors.