18 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Cantlay

Get to know the world class American better with these 15 things...

Patrick Cantlay pictured saluting the crowd after winning the FedEx Cup
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Get to know the world class American better with these 18 facts...

18 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Cantlay

1. He is from Orange County, California.

2. He began playing golf at the age of 3.

3. He was world no.1 amateur for 55 weeks. He holds the record for most continuous weeks as world number one with 54, and his total of 55 weeks at the top was the most ever until Jon Rahm overtook that total.

4. He was low amateur at the 2011 US Open and 2012 Masters.

5. He turned pro in 2012, opting to make the move to the professional ranks early despite two years left of his college degree at UCLA.

6. He played just six events from 2014-2016 after fracturing his back.

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7. His best friend and caddie Chris Roth, 23, was killed in a hit-and-run in California in February, 2016. The pair were out bar-hopping and Cantlay attempted to save him, although there was ultimately nothing he could do.

8. His first pro victory came in 2013 on the Web.com Tour at the Colombia Championship.

9. He cites his interests at ping pong and watching movies.

10. He was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup side along with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Peter Uihlein and Russell Henley. They lost 14-12 at Royal Aberdeen.

11. He shot 60 at the 2011 Travelers Championship, which to this day is still the lowest ever round on the PGA Tour shot by an amateur.

12. His manager is Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, the same agent and company that looks after Tiger Woods.

13. He won his first PGA Tour title at the 2017 Shriners Open.

14. His second victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2019 Memorial Tournament, where he triumphed by two after a bogey-free final round of 64. He won the event again in 2021, beating Collin Morikawa in a playoff.

15. He equalled his career-best total of nine birdies in a single round to win his third PGA Tour title at the 2020 Zozo Championship.

16. He won the 2021 FedEx Cup, beating Jon Rahm and Kevin Na.

Patrick Cantlay FedEx

17. He was also voted 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year.

18. He made his Ryder Cup debut in 2021 at Whistling Straits.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x