No. 1 amateur Patrick Cantlay to turn pro
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (June 19, 2012) -- Patrick Cantlay will announce that he is turning pro at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, his swing instructor, Jamie Mulligan, told Golfweek, a day after Cantlay tied for 41st in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club.
Cantlay, who recently completed his sophomore season at UCLA, will make his pro debut at this week's Travelers Championship, and also play the month-ending AT&T National in Washington, D.C., and The Greenbrier Classic in early July. He will have six remaining sponsor invitations as he tries to earn his PGA Tour card without attending Q-School, much like Bud Cauley did at the end of 2011.
Cantlay will be represented by Mark Steinberg, longtime agent for Tiger Woods.
Cantlay, of Los Alamitos, has not signed with an equipment company and will carry a UCLA stand bag and wear a Virginia Country Club hat in the meantime. John Cook, also a member at Virginia CC, which is in Long Beach, is represented by Steinberg.
Cantlay already has made headlines on the PGA Tour as an amateur after firing a 60 and taking a four-shot lead at the 2011 Travelers, eventually tying for 24th. He also won low-amateur honors at the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 Masters.
Cantlay won the 2012 Hogan Award, the first sophomore to win the annual award for the best college and amateur player in the U.S.
Cantlay was the U.S. Amateur runner-up in 2011 and won the prestigious Haskins Award, given to the best player in college golf, as a freshman.