Unless you are a loyal golf fan you might have no idea who Patrick Cantlay is. At one time he was the best amateur in the world who has had his share of setbacks.
The rundown is this kid was and still is a great young talent. Patrick was a standout at UCLA picking up golfer of the year as a freshman in 2011. He became the world #1 ranked amateur in 2011 and has the record for most weeks at the #1 ranking at 55 weeks.
After forgoing his final college years, Patrick turned pro and found some quick success. In 2013, I was able to witness his very first professional win in Colombia as he played a very strong weekend of 65-66 to win on the Web.com Tour.
His 2013 season was cut a bit short due to a back injury but came back a few months later and finished runner up in the Web.com Tour finals earning him enough money to pick up his PGA Tour Card.
Over the last few years he has played basically a handful of events due to the nagging stress fracture in his lower back. If not painful enough to be such a talent sitting on the sidelines, the story of his close friend and former caddie is even more painful.
His friend Chris Roth ( Pictured Above at The Masters) was struck and killed by car in a hit and run only a few feet from Patrick. It left Patrick holding his friend in his arms full of blood praying for a miracle. That miracle never came and Chris Roth was pronounced dead a short while later at the nearest hospital. It’s unfathomable to have an image like that never leave your mind, especially the relationship you had through your profession with your close friend.
What does the future hold for Patrick Cantlay? No one really knows but I can be certain if he can get fully healthy he will post some great results. This week he begins the comeback at Pebble Beach in the AT&T Pro Am.
Hope you enjoyed and thanks so much for reading!
Until next time, go out and make some birdies!
Michael Romano Jr