Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Latest Posts

Champions League Final Weighs Move to London or Portugal

Officials from UEFA and Britain met Monday to discuss shifting the Manchester City-Chelsea game from Istanbul to Wembley. Porto, Portugal, is another option.European soccer’s...

Kentucky Derby Winner’s DQ Won’t Change the Bets. Here’s Why.

A failed drug test has cast doubt on Medina Spirit’s victory at Churchill Downs. But people who bet on him to win will keep...

Cal Survived Covid. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems

The school conducted tens of thousands of coronavirus tests, aborted the football season and lost $10 million. Is that light at the end of...

Canelo Álvarez Has Three Belts and All the Numbers in His Corner

The supermiddleweight champion pounded Billy Joe Saunders in front of 73,126 spectators in Texas and wants the I.B.F. champion Caleb Plant next.The 73,126 paid...

Patrick Cantlay shoots 61, comes up one shot shy at The American Express

LA QUINTA, Calif. – As a freshman at UCLA nearly a decade ago, Patrick Cantlay introduced himself as a future PGA TOUR star with the lowest round ever by an amateur, a 10-under 60 in the second round of the 2011 Travelers Championship. Cantlay’s 11-under 61 Sunday at The American Express was perhaps just as good, if not better.   

“Yeah, almost equally as good, right? The amateur, because maybe you don’t even expect it even more, it was maybe a little sweeter. But very comparable,” Cantlay said. “And the same feels, when you get in the zone and you feel like all the putts are starting down the line, you’re looking, and you’re reading the greens correctly. So the more often I can get in that zone the better I’ll be.”

Cantlay’s 11 birdies was a career best and his 61 was two shots better than the course record and three better than anyone else in the field on Sunday. In a day where he made 152 feet of putts, he saved his best putt for last, dumping in a heavy-breaking 38-footer to post 22-under-par and put pressure on the eventual champion Si Woo Kim to make birdie at two of his last three for the win.

Although Cantlay’s weekend rounds of 65-61 ultimately proved one shot shy of his fourth career TOUR victory victory, the 18-under two-day total tied Rocco Mediate (2003) for the best score in relation to par in the final two rounds of a 72-hole event on TOUR, and his 20 birdies in the final two rounds was the most by a player in a 72-hole non-major event.

“Yeah, I played really well this weekend, and like I said, he just played unbelievable too,” Cantlay said. “So that putt on 18, I thought would be enough for maybe a playoff, but unfortunately, it looks like just a shot short.”

After making the cut on the number at 4-under 140, Cantlay nearly became the first player since Brandt Snedeker at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open to win after making the cut on the number. On the birdie-friendly PGA West Course, though, that initial deficit proved insurmountable on the weekend even for weekend rounds of 65-61.

“I thought that if I played two absolutely fantastic rounds on the weekend, I would have a chance. And I did, I played really well,” Cantlay said. “I actually, I had an 8-under in my second round — or my third round and then made a bogey on a par-5. So, I played flawless today and it was really all I could ask for. I played about as good as I could.”

Now, at No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and one point shy of FedExCup Points leader Dustin Johnson following the runner-up, Cantlay’s taking the next two weeks off before returning at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“Pebble is next for me. I’ve always liked that event and I’m looking forward to it,” Cantlay said. “Hopefully we get some good weather for Pebble Beach because it’s so nice when the weather’s nice.”

Latest Posts

Champions League Final Weighs Move to London or Portugal

Officials from UEFA and Britain met Monday to discuss shifting the Manchester City-Chelsea game from Istanbul to Wembley. Porto, Portugal, is another option.European soccer’s...

Kentucky Derby Winner’s DQ Won’t Change the Bets. Here’s Why.

A failed drug test has cast doubt on Medina Spirit’s victory at Churchill Downs. But people who bet on him to win will keep...

Cal Survived Covid. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems

The school conducted tens of thousands of coronavirus tests, aborted the football season and lost $10 million. Is that light at the end of...

Canelo Álvarez Has Three Belts and All the Numbers in His Corner

The supermiddleweight champion pounded Billy Joe Saunders in front of 73,126 spectators in Texas and wants the I.B.F. champion Caleb Plant next.The 73,126 paid...

Don't Miss

Some Dramatic Quarterback Successions Start at the N.F.L. Draft

If the draft last week revealed anything, it was that there’s no tactful way to replace a healthy starting quarterback.Replacing a franchise quarterback is...

In Anti-Ownership Protests, United Fans Rediscover Their Own Power

The protests, by Manchester United fans demanding the Glazer family sell the club, forced the postponement of a match after the stadium was stormed.At...

Denied a Season, Some Ivy League Athletes Craft a Baseball Gap Year

The Ivy League, unlike most Division I conferences, decided against spring sports. That has led some athletes, like baseball players at Brown, to find...

Four World Cup tickets on the line for Concacaf hopefuls

Thirteen teams to participate in Guatemala between 3-9 May 2021 The Domo Polideportivo also hosted matches at the FIFA Futsal World...

Medina Spirit Wins the 147th Kentucky Derby

The trainer Bob Baffert collected his seventh Derby victory while the favorite, Essential Quality, faltered and finished fourth.LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On another first Saturday...

Stay in touch

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.