By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- There are all sorts of numbers and records surrounding Patrick Cantlay’s second-round performance. Here’s a look at some of them as he gets set to tee off in just over an hour from now:
-- Cantlay will be 19 years, three months and nine days old on Sunday, which would make him the youngest winner in PGA TOUR history. That current distinction is held by Johnny McDermott, who won the 1911 U.S. Open at the age of 19 years, 10 months and 14 days.
-- Cantlay earned low amateur honors at last week’s U.S. Open (T21) – his first career start on the PGA TOUR.
-- Jim Grant’s tie for second in 1964 is the best finish by an amateur at the Travelers Championship.
-- An amateur has led twice previously at the Travelers Championship. In 1961, amateur Robert Allen shared the first-round lead with Bob Goetz and eventually finished 62 nd. In 1953, amateur Frank Stranahan shared the third-round lead with Jim Ferrier and Bob Toski before finishing in a tie for seventh.
-- Should he win on Sunday, Cantlay would have 60 days to accept membership on the TOUR, which would run until the end of the 2013 season. If that deadline passes, he could then join the TOUR at the end of the 2011 season (and have two years remaining) or at the end of the 2012 season (and have one year remaining).
-- Even without membership on TOUR, a win would gain Cantlay entrance into the following events in 2011: AT&T National (currently in the field via a sponsor’s exemption) and the PGA Championship. He would then have a spot in the following events in 2012: Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Bob Hope Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, the Masters, RBC Heritage, THE PLAYERS Championship, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the Memorial tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. A non-member is allowed 12 starts in a season, with a maximum of seven sponsor’s exemptions among that total.
-- Cantlay’s 13-under 127 is currently the second-best first 36-hole score on TOUR this season, behind only David Toms’ 124 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
-- Should an amateur win on the TOUR, first-place FedExCup points are eliminated and first-place money goes to the runner-up.