Cantlay blazes clear with a 60

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Patrick Cantlay! Remember that name. He’s an amazing 19-year-old amateur who has suddenly taken the PGA Tour by storm.

Patrick Cantley! Remember that name. He’s an amazing 19-year-old amateur who has suddenly taken the PGA Tour by storm.

Last week he upstaged the vast majority of the world’s best professional at the 111th US Open when he posted a level-par total and finished in a tie for 21st with fellow American pro Ryan Palmer.

But this week he went one better – or should we say a whole lot better – for right now, after birdie blitzing the TPC River Highlands course at Cromwell in Connecticut, he is the leader in the clubhouse in the Tour’s Travelers Championship after shooting an astonishing, course-record, second-round, 10-under 60.

Cantley carded five birdies on the front nine before crafting an outstanding eagle at the high point of his historic round at the par-five 13th where his approach barely carried the water and bounced past the pin to give him a testing, 19-foot, left-to-right return putt.

Of course on a day like this he made it and then celebrated his coupe by promptly nailing another birdie at the 14th to go to eight under.

But that wasn’t the end of a long day that had included completing his rain-delayed first round with a 3-under 67.

Never losing his focus, he then closed with successive birdies on the last two holes to set a mark for the lowest round ever shot on the PGA Tour by an amateur.

The last birdie also set a new course record, topping the 61 shared by five players, including Phil Mickelson and Kenny Perry, who achieved the feat in 2009.

The spectacular round of eight birdies and an eagle left Cantlay with a four-stroke lead over a group of players tied for second after play was halted with about half the field yet to finish their second rounds.

“I hit it really good this afternoon. I hit a couple of bad drives but they didn’t put me in any trouble,” Cantlay told the media afterwards

A lot of people are already jumping up and down about the possible emergence of a new American star, but Cantley himself is playing things down.

Having just completed his first year at UCLA, he says he has no immediate plans to turn professional.

“I’m not thinking about that right now,” he said.

“I’m going to try and take care of business this week and then see what’s going on.

“But I’m going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup, and my plans are to stay amateur until I finish college.”

On his record on Friday, he said: “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 (yards).”

Cantlay will go into the weekend four strokes clear of fellow Americans Vaughn Taylor – who played 36 holes in the day after yesterday’s play was heavily shortened by rain – Webb Simpson and DJ Trahan, Brazilian Alexandre Rocha and Argentina’s Andres Romero.

Trahan’s 62 may have been eclipsed by Cantlay’s efforts, but six birdies on the front nine remains a laudable effort and it did put the 30-year-old in the hunt for a first PGA Tour win since 2008.

Six more players followed him at eight under, including England’s Brian Davis who had been one shot off the first-round lead after completing a 66 this morning.

First-round leader Jim Renner fell back to three under after a four-over-par second round of 74.

Cantlay will now focus on becoming the first amateur to win a PGA title since Mickelson in 1991 at the Northern Telecom Open.

Scott Verplank (1985), Doug Sanders (1956) and Gene Littler (1954) also won pro titles as amateu

Patrick Cantlay! Remember that name. He’s an amazing 19-year-old amateur who has suddenly taken the PGA Tour by storm.

Last week he upstaged the vast majority of the world’s best professional at the 111th US Open when he posted a level-par total and finished in a tie for 21st with fellow American pro Ryan Palmer.

But this week he went one better – or should we say a whole lot better – for right now, after birdie blitzing the TPC River Highlands course at Cromwell in Connecticut, he is the leader in the clubhouse in the Tour’s Travelers Championship after shooting an astonishing course-record, second-round, 10-under 60.

Cantlay carded five birdies on the front nine before crafting an outstanding eagle at the high point of his historic round at the par-five 13th where his approach barely carried the water and bounced past the pin to give him a testing, 19-foot, left-to-right return putt.

Of course on a day like this he made it and then celebrated his coupe by promptly nailing another birdie at the 14th to go to eight under.

But that wasn’t the end of a long day that had included completing his rain-delayed first round with a 3-under 67.

Never losing his focus, he then closed with successive birdies on the last two holes to set a mark for the lowest round ever shot on the PGA Tour by an amateur.

The last birdie also set a new course record, topping the 61 shared by five players, including Phil Mickelson and Kenny Perry, who achieved the feat in 2009.

The spectacular round of eight birdies and an eagle left Cantlay with a four-stroke lead over a group of players tied for second after play was halted with about half the field yet to finish their second rounds.

“I hit it really good this afternoon. I hit a couple of bad drives but they didn’t put me in any trouble,” Cantlay told the media afterwards

A lot of people are already jumping up and down about the possible emergence of a new American star, but Cantlay himself is playing things down.

Having just completed his first year at UCLA, he says he has no immediate plans to turn professional.

“I’m not thinking about that right now,” he said.

“I’m going to try and take care of business this week and then see what’s going on.

“But I’m going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup, and my plans are to stay amateur until I finish college.”

On his record on Friday, he said: “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 (yards).”

Cantlay will go into the weekend four strokes clear of fellow Americans Vaughn Taylor – who played 36 holes in the day after yesterday’s play was heavily shortened by rain – Webb Simpson and DJ Trahan, Brazilian Alexandre Rocha and Argentina’s Andres Romero.

Trahan’s 62 may have been eclipsed by Cantlay’s efforts, but six birdies on the front nine remains a laudable effort and it did put the 30-year-old in the hunt for a first PGA Tour win since 2008.

Six more players followed him at eight under, including England’s Brian Davis who had been one shot off the first-round lead after completing a 66 this morning.

First-round leader Jim Renner fell back to three under after a four-over-par second round of 74.

Cantlay will now focus on becoming the first amateur to win a PGA title since

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