June 24 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- After finishing as the low amateur at the U.S. Open, where he tied for 21st, Patrick Cantlay is tied for the lead at the moment with Vaughn Taylor at 8 under.
Cantlay, who just completed his freshman year at UCLA, has said that he has no plans to turn pro before he gets his degree but if he keeps playing like this you have to wonder if he’ll be able to resist temptation.
The 19-year-old just made the turn in 30 at TPC River Highlands, where he birdied four of his final five holes on the front nine. Even though they’re playing lift, clean and place, his accuracy has been impressive with 23 of 27 greens in regulation -- third best in the field. He’s also putted well with 43 putts through 27 holes.
The leaderboard remains crowded, however, with four players just one shot back and 10 more players two back. The current cut is 2 under, which means just six shots separate the cut and the lead.