WATCH: World No.4 Putts It Into The Water At Players Championship

Patrick Cantlay had been facing a birdie putt of some 80-feet, when his golf ball raced by the flag and into a watery grave

Cantlay puts his hand on his hips as he holds his putter
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Conditions at The Players Championship were extremely difficult on Friday, with firm, fast greens making way for swirling wind that caused numbers in the field to increase rapidly.

Certainly things were tough, and that was proven for Patrick Cantlay at the par 4 fourth hole, where the World No.4 managed to putt his birdie opportunity into the water that guards the front edge and left side of the green!

The fourth hole, which had been playing half a shot more difficult on the day, saw a tucked front left pin which did, indeed, have a slope to the right of the hole that could help approach shots into the green funnel their way down to the flag.

However, if you didn't hit this slope, you were faced with a lightning fast putt that was incredibly hard to judge. That proved to be the case for Cantlay, who was faced with a near 85-foot putt that would make any player slightly weak at the knees...

The American had started his second round well on Friday, birdieing his opening hole before following it up with two pars to sit at one-under for the day. Playing the fourth, he pulled his tee shot and then found the right side of the green with his approach. A two-putt would be a great result, but what followed next was very un-Cantlay like, especially when he ranks as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour.

Cantlay stands with his caddie as his golf ball rolls into the water at the fourth hole

Cantlay stands with his caddie as his golf ball rolls into the water at the fourth hole

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As the ball rolled towards the hole, it was clear that it had too much pace on it, with the ball hitting the slope and running like a train as it sailed past the flag. It didn't stop there though, as not only did it roll over the green, but also through the fringe, the rough and then the water.

Taking a drop and facing an identical putt, the second time round was a lot better for  the 30-year-old, with his ball coming to rest inches from the hole. A double bogey was, in fact, a good result in the end for Cantlay, who then went on to birdie the seventh and 11th to get back to one-under for his day and the tournament, before play was suspended due to the weather. 

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