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June 23 2012

4:00 PM

Cantlay misses cut in pro debut

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Patrick Cantlay made it to the weekend for a second straight year at the Travelers Championship, only this time he won’t be sticking around.

A year after recording a course-record 60 at TPC River Highlands, Cantlay wasn’t able to overcome his opening-round 75 in his debut as a professional. The former UCLA standout finished a second-round 67 Saturday morning and missed the cut by two strokes.

“I struggled the first day and never really recovered,” said Cantlay, who tied for 24th here last year. “I didn’t make very many putts. I hit a lot of good ones, just none went in. That’s kind of how golf goes. It just happens.”

Cantlay took 31 putts in each of his two rounds this week at TPC River Highlands -- an especially high number considering he hit just 10 greens in regulation on Thursday.

This was the first of three consecutive starts for Cantlay, who will again play on a sponsor exemption at next week’s AT&T National and The Greenbrier Classic the week after. He can accept up to seven sponsor exemptions this season.

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