June 25 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- The third round is under way at TPC River Highlands, where players are being sent off both tees in threesomes. The final group of the day -- Patrick Cantlay, Johnson Wagner and Nick Watney -- will tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET.
For Cantlay, the 19-year-old amateur who just finished his freshman year at UCLA, it will obviously be the first time he’s carried a lead into the weekend on the PGA TOUR in what is just his second start out here.
He turned plenty of heads with his second-round 60 -- a course record -- and now will try to build on that. Given the soft conditions, he’ll need to.
“He knows how to look at a golf hole and what an architect is trying to do,” Cantlay’s college coach, Derek Freeman said. “It’s amazing because I’ve never coached a kid that has that ability at that age.”
Freeman, who is here this week, talked to Cantlay Friday night after the round and told him to enjoy what was a special day and to keep things simple.
Cantlay obliged, having a low key dinner last night before calling it a night.