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June 27 2013

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Cantlay sidelined by back injury


Patrick Cantlay, 21, is No. 11 on the Web.com Tour money list. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

Patrick Cantlay was atop the Web.com Tour money list earlier this year, but he's slowly slid down the standings as a back injury has kept the promising prospect sidelined for the past month.

Cantlay hasn't played since withdrawing from the PGA TOUR's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 24. "Patrick felt discomfort in his back and has been resting and rehabbing since," Excel Sports Management's Andrew Kipper wrote in an e-mail. Cantlay is managed by Excel. "Doctors do not see any long term damage, just rest. He should be back in the coming weeks."

Cantlay won his first professional title earlier this year at the Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship. He's 11th on the Web.com Tour money list ($135,105) with eight events remaining until the Web.com Tour Finals. The top 25 on the money list entering the Finals will earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2013-14 season, as will the top 25 money earners in the four-week Finals. The Web.com Tour Finals conclude with the Web.com Tour Championship on Sept. 26-29 at TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Cantlay has made the cut in five of six Web.com Tour starts this year, though his victory in Colombia is his only top-25. He also has played seven PGA TOUR this year. He finished ninth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and 30th at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. 

Cantlay, 21, turned pro in June 2012 as the No. 1 amateur in the world. He won the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Award as college golf's player of the year and the 2012 Ben Hogan Award as the best player in college and amateur golf.


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