June 13, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Patrick Cantlay tees off on the 11th hole during the practice round of the 112th U.S. Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Tour: Patrick Cantlay set to make 2014 debut at the HP Byron Nelson Championship

It is hard to believe Patrick Cantlay is only 22-years-old.  He earned Player of the Year honors after his freshman season at UCLA (2010-2011), and added to his resume by finishing low-amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open, runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Amateur, and low-amateur at the 2012 Masters.  Cantlay also played well in numerous PGA Tour events, and had to forgo hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money because he was still a amateur.

Cantlay turned professional at the 2012 Travelers Championship, and his pro career has had its ups-and-downs.  He struggled during his initial summer on Tour, but he won the Web.com’s Colombia Championship in March 2013, and then played well enough to earn his Tour card for the 2014 season.  However, back problems forced Cantlay to sit out until this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Cantlay has the talent to compete against the best young players in the game (Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Harris English, Russell Henley).  It is fair to expect some rust, but once he gets it going, I believe he will be an exciting addition to the young talent on Tour.

HP Byron Nelson leaderboard.

Patrick Cantlay goes off the tenth tee at 1:50 pm Central with Jaime Lovemark and Chris Thompson.

 

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