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June 22 2012

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Can Cantlay bounce back?

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Patrick Cantlay struggled in his professional debut, shooting a 5-over 75.

CROMWELL, Conn. -- A year ago, Patrick Cantlay recorded the lowest score ever by an amateur on the PGA TOUR with a course-record 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship.

He might need something similar on Friday just to make it to the weekend.

Cantlay double-bogeyed two of his first three holes in his professional debut at the Travelers Championship, where he shot an opening-round 75.

This is the first of three straight starts for Cantlay, who can receive up to seven sponsor exemptions as he tries to earn his PGA TOUR card and avoid a trip to what will be the final year of q-school in its current format. After this year, players who go through q-school will only receive Nationwide Tour cards.

In five starts on TOUR as an amateur last year, Cantlay finished in the top 25 four times, including a tie for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open and a tie for 24th here.

This year has been a bit more of  a struggle for the 20-year-old.

Cantlay missed the cut at the Northern Trust Open. He also tied for 47th at the Masters, though was the low amateur at Augusta National, and tied for 41st at the U.S. Open.

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