'Playing Faster!' - Patrick Cantlay Makes Hole-In-One At RBC Heritage

The American responded to the recent slow play controversy with an ace at the par 3 seventh

Cantlay waves to the crowd whilst holding a golf ball
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Over the past week, many viewers have called out Patrick Cantlay over slow play, with Masters runner-up, Brooks Koepka, stating at Augusta National: “The group in front of us was brutally slow. Jon went to the bathroom like seven times during the round, and we were still waiting.”

Now though, at the RBC Heritage, Cantlay has responded, with the American making a hole-in-one at the par 3 seventh, his 16th hole of the day, as the 31-year-old vaulted up the leaderboard on Friday afternoon.

Cantlay, who isn't the biggest social media user in the world, couldn't resist a dig at the recent controversy surrounding pace of play either, with the eight-time PGA Tour winner taking to Twitter to simply comment: "Playing faster!" as he shot a six-under-par round of 65.

Speaking after his ace, the American stated: "It was just a perfect 6-iron number, a little into the wind, high 190s to the hole. A one-yard cut that just came off perfect. They (the crowd) went nuts. There's a bunch of fans around that 7th green, so it was nice to show off for them a little bit."

Making his third ace on the PGA Tour, Cantlay had been going along nicely during his second round, with five birdies and two bogeys on his front nine rounding of a three-under-par 32.

Cantlay watches his tee shot after hitting a driver

Cantlay in action on Friday

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From there, he made yet another birdie at the par 5 fifth, his 14th hole of the day, as he then approached the par 3 seventh and the hole he would make an ace on. Striking his six-iron, the ball never really left the flag as it landed softly on the green and rolled towards the flag like a putt.

Celebrating with his fellow playing partners, Cantlay then parred in for a six-under round of 65, with the 31-year-old currently four back of round two leader, Jimmy Walker.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x