Patrick Cantlay makes the cut in his rookie debut
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Tour

One for one to begin the season

In 2011, Patrick Cantlay was one of the best stories in the golfing world.  He was named Player of the Year as a freshman at UCLA, he made five of five cuts on the PGA Tour (four top-25s), was low amateur at the U.S. Open, and runner-up at the U.S. Amateur.  Based on his accomplishments as an amateur, he should be thriving on the PGA Tour today.

However, Cantlay’s career has had a few setbacks since he turned professional before the 2012 Travelers Championship.  He did not become an immediate star on the PGA Tour, but he showed grit by playing well on the Tour in 2013.  Cantlay won the’s Colombia Championship in March 2013, and went on to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2014 season.

A back injury forced Cantlay to sit out the first half of the season, and he is making his rookie debut this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  With rounds of 70-69, Cantlay is one-under through 36-holes, and ready to take on the weekend.  Unlike his amateur days, he won’t be garnering media attention for a top-25 finish, but a solid tournament will go a long way to building his confidence.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)

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