Patrick Cantlay Wins the Colombia Championship
March 3, 2013
Former UCLA All-American Patrick Cantlay won his first professional tournament Sunday, capturing the Colombia Championship in Bogota, Colombia. The victory was the second tournament of the 2013 Web.Com Tour.
Cantlay, who turned professional last June, won in his 19th professional start. He fired a final round 66 (-5) to win by four shots over Jim Renner. Cantlay's 72-hole total of 266 (-18) broke the previous 72-hole record held by UCLA alumnus Steve Pate at the Country Club de Bogota.
"It feels really good to win. I felt in control all day," said Cantlay, a two-time All-American for the Bruins. "This sets the year off on the right foot. Even though I'm one of the youngest guys out here I feel really comfortable out here.
"I putted really well this week," he continued. "I feel really good on these greens. My speed was pretty good all week but especially the last two days."
Cantlay and Renner were tied at 13-under par after 54 holes. After playing the first seven holes in even par, the 20-year Californian played holes 8-10 in four-under par with an eagle at the par-5 10th. He added another birdie at the 14th. Renner, who played the inward nine in even par, posted a one-under par score of 70 on Sunday to finish at 14-under par 270.
With the victory and the $126,000 winner's prize, Cantlay vaulted to the top of the 2013 Web.com Tour money list. He also tied for ninth earlier this season at the AT$T Pebble Beach Open. In 19 professional starts, Cantlay has made 14 cuts, including two of four cuts in 2013.
The victory also makes Cantlay the second youngest winner on the Web.com Tour behind Jason Day, who was 19 when he won the 2007 Legend Financial Group event. Cantlay and Pate are the youngest and oldest winners at the Colombia Championship; Pate was 48 when he won in 2010.
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