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June 26 2011

6:18 PM

Cantlay comes back to earth

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- As good as amateur Patrick Cantlay was the first two rounds -- especially the second in which he shot a course-record 60 -- the last two have been a reality check for the 19-year-old. Not that Cantlay expected to continue to play the way he did on Friday but over his last 24 holes he is 4 over.

Cantlay, the soon-to-be UCLA sophomore who says he plans to finish school and get his degree before turning pro, shot a 2-over 72 in the third round and through six holes today is 2 over after a double bogey on the par-5 sixth ( click here to follow him on Shot Tracker ).

Still, it’s been a remarkable run for the world’s top-ranked amateur, who over the last month finished second in the NCAA Championship in Oklahoma, received the Jack Nicklaus Award in Ohio, got through U.S. Open sectional qualifying while in town, helped lead the U.S. to a Palmer Cup victory in Connecticut, tied for 21st at the U.S. Open in Maryland and led after 36 holes here.

Not a bad summer vacation, eh?

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