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The Tour Report

October 5 2011

8:00 PM

Cantlay’s confidence continues to soar

Interview: Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay discussed a variety of topics including the state of Tiger Woods' golf game and Cantlay's status as No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The biggest thing amateur Patrick Cantlay has taken away from the handful of PGA TOUR events he’s played in this year is confidence and a sense of belonging.

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“It's nice coming out here and not feeling intimidated as much as I did,” Cantlay said Wednesday at the Open.

That comes in handy when playing with the former No. 1 player in the world, which is what the world’s top-ranked amateur did on Tuesday at the nearby Institute.

“He was real cordial and real nice, and we joked around a little bit out there and had a good time,” Cantlay said of practicing with Tiger Woods, who he is paired with for the first two rounds of the Open.

Cantlay, a sophomore at UCLA who is playing in his fifth TOUR event of the year, has reason to be confident.

He’s finished in the top 25 in all four starts, which included a course-record 60 at TPC River Highlands on his way to a tie for 24th at the Travelers Championship. His best finish of the year was a tie for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open three weeks later. He also won a college tournament at CordeValle last year.

Woods, meanwhile, missed the cut in his last appearance on TOUR at the PGA Championship then failed to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup for the first time in his career.

As for what Cantlay expects playing with Woods, he said he’s looking forward to the opportunity -- though he’s not sure if he’ll wear the same UCLA hat he wore on Wednesday (Woods went to rival Stanford).

“It'll be a great time out there,” he said. “I'm not sure what hat I'm going to wear yet. I haven't decided, but it's going to be a cool day out there, and I'll really enjoy it.”

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