June 24, 2011
UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay continued to sizzle on the golf course one week after finishing as the low amateur at the U.S. Open.
Cantlay, 19, fired a course record 60 (-10) Friday and was the leader in the clubhouse at the suspended Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. Cantlay's 13-under par score of 127 was four shots in front of Web Simpson. A few dozen players were still on the course or waiting to tee off for the second round late Friday.
Ideal scoring conditions -- soft greens, little wind and rules allowing players to lift, clean and place -- enabled Cantlay to record eight birdies and an eagle. He had just 24 putts.
His 10-under par round was the 24th time a player had posted a 60 in a professional tournament, but the first by an amateur in a TOUR event. He set a new course record at TPC River Highlands, breaking a record previously held by five other players. He also set a UCLA single round scoring mark.
"I didn't know that no amateur had ever shot a 60, So that wasn't really in my brain. I knew where I was and I knew I needed to make eagle on 18 for 59. But you know, it's tough to hole it from 152," Cantlay said.
The last amateur to win on TOUR was Phil Mickelson in 1991.
Cantlay, however, has said he won't turn pro until after he receives his degree from UCLA.
"I'm not thinking about that right now. So I'm going to try and take care of business this week and then see what's going on," Cantlay said. "But I'm going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup, and my plans are to stay amateur, you know, until I finish college."
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