Jack Cantlay, 18, little brother of Patrick, the current world No. 4, distinguished himself in the first round of the US Junior Amateur which is being played this week in Bandon Dunes (Oregon). He thus completed his nine return holes in 28 (-8), achieving the lowest score in the 74-year history of the Championship.
Jack Cantlay, results
In the Cantlay family, we know Patrick very well, 30, world No. 4, seven PGA Tour victories, holder of the 2021 FedEx Cup and winner of the last Ryder Cup with the United States in Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) .
We will now also have to take an interest in his little brother, Jack, only 18 years old. He indeed distinguished himself this Monday in Bandon Dunes (Oregon) which hosts the 74th edition of the US Junior Amateur. An unmissable event in the history of US golf which, for example, saw Tiger Woods win it three times between 1991 and 1993.
Starting from 10 in the stroke play formula, he did not really shine during the first nine holes, turning in 39 (+3) after conceding a double and two bogeys against a single birdie. Fortunately, the return was of a completely different caliber with no less than two eagles and four birdies. That is a score of 28 (-8). Never in 74 years of existence the US Junior Amateur had recorded such a sequence…
“I think this is the first time I’ve played under 30,” he said later. You have to start a day well (laughs). It’s a bit like golf. Sometimes you play badly, and today I played well. »
After two rounds of stroke play, Jack Cantlay, who has been playing golf since the age of 7, currently occupies fourth place at -6 before attacking the duels in match play format bringing together the 64 best players after 36 holes. .
Patrick Cantlay (born March 17, 1992 in Long Beach, California) has been the world’s best amateur golfer since June 6, 2011.
Patrick Cantlay attended Servite High School in Anaheim and was taught by the pro at Virginia Country Club from an early age. When he was twelve years old, he played his first round under par.
Cantlay entered UCLA in 2010 and plays college golf there. He was named Orange County Athlete of the Year. In 2010, he reached the semifinals of the US Amateur after which he lost 4&3 to the then number 1 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and later winner of the tournament. Cantlay finished in third place.
On June 6, 2011, Cantlay himself became number 1 in the world rankings thanks in part to a 2nd place in the NCAA Division I Stroke Play Championship with a score of -4. In 2011, he also played the US Open where he finished as best amateur in 21st place. As an amateur, he played in several professional tournaments, including the Travelers Championship, where he made a round of 60, an amateur record. At the US Amateur, he was defeated in the final by Kelly Kraft. At the 2012 Masters, he finished best amateur in 47th place.