Cantlay claims low amateur at Masters
-- photo Golfweek
-- photo Golfweek
AUGUSTA, Ga. (April 8, 2012) -- Amateur Patrick Cantlay’s aversion to par had a silver lining Sunday.

Cantlay’s round of 72 included a quadruple bogey, a double bogey, an eagle, three birdies and one bogey – and that was on seven of the last eight holes.

“It was an up and down round out there,” said Cantlay, 20, a sophomore at UCLA. “I had a bunch of highs and lows. A 72’s not too bad. It’s just really bad considering how well I played. I played really well today.”

Cantlay played well enough to be low amateur at the Masters at 7-over 295 and wrest the Silver Cup away from Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, last year’s low amateur who was two strokes behind after an 80 on Sunday.

“I think I’m very disappointed in the fact that I can’t get the Silver Cup,” Matsuyama said through translator Masaki Chiba. “But at the same time, my goal to be in the top 16 (and automatically qualify for the 2013 Masters) wasn’t fulfilled, too, so I’m just disappointed in that.”

The other amateur who survived Friday’s cut, Kelly Kraft, finished 18-over after rounds of 74-75-77-80. Kraft, 23, turns professional today with his entry into the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He will be introduced for the first time as a professional, and no doubt as a player from the just-completed Masters.

“That’ll be all right,” Kraft said. “Just don’t tell them what I shot.”

Cantlay, the top-ranked amateur in the world, left the course figuring Matsuyama’s silver rush would continue. Cantlay started the day at 7-over after rounds of 71-78-74.

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Results For The Masters Tournament
Place  PtsScores
T47CAPatrick CantlayLos Alamitos, CA100071-78-74-72--295
T54JapanHideki MatsuyamaJapan80071-74-72-80--297
62TXKelly KraftDenton, TX80074-75-77-80--306

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