June 25 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- After setting the golf world abuzz with a second-round 60 to take the lead at the Travelers Championship, 19-year-old Patrick Cantlay came back to earth on Saturday, shooting a 2-over 72 to fall into a tie for 10th five shots back.
“I got off to kind of a slow start and really never got any momentum going,” said Cantlay, who also struggled closing with three bogeys over his final six holes to drop back to 11 under for the week. “I hit a couple of bad drives coming in, and it cost me.”
Cantlay also struggled with the putter, taking 29 in all, which included missing five from inside 10 feet.
Now the soon-to-be UCLA sophomore will try to focus on making up five shots in the final round. No matter what, though, Cantlay says he’s pleased with his results so far -- and that he still plans to remain an amateur and finish out his college career.
“I'm in good position, and I probably would have taken it at the beginning of the week,” said Cantlay, who will also play next week’s AT&T National on a sponsor exemption. “I'm in a good spot and I'm going to play well tomorrow.”