Cantlay shoots 60 to take Travelers lead
Cromwell: Amateur golfer Patrick Cantlay`s lead shrunk to a single stroke at the end of the second round of the Travelers Championship.
The 19-year-old UCLA star shot a 60 on Friday, the lowest round ever by an amateur on the US PGA Tour, and had a four-stroke lead when play was suspended by darkness.
But Johnson Wagner finished his second round with a 63 on Saturday and is 12-under for the tournament, one behind Cantlay going into the third round. Nick Watney and Shane Bertsch are at 10-under. Eight others are four strokes back.
The cut line was at 4-under par, the lowest on tour this season. First-round leader Jim Renner was among those who failed to make it.
Cantlay had just played 36 holes in one day, coming off a whirlwind week in which he was the low amateur at the US Open.
"I just finished some (university exam) finals two weeks ago," he said. "I just finished my freshman year. I`m pretty tired, to be honest. It`s been a month of golf every day. Sprinkle in a couple finals, and I`m pretty tired."
In what already has been a month to remember, Cantlay turned in his most inspiring moment yet on Friday. Last week, he said the earliest he would turn pro would be "after I get my degree." But after two strong rounds put him atop the leaderboard, he was starting to soften.
"I`m going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup," Cantlay said of the premier amateur event in September at Royal Aberdeen. "And my plan is to stay amateur until I finish college."
Taking advantage of soft conditions and preferred lies on the soggy TPC River Highlands, Cantlay tied the tournament record set by Tommy Bolt in 1954 when it was played in Wethersfield.
Cantlay birdied the final two holes to reach 13 under. After shooting a 67 on Friday morning in the rain-delayed first round, he had eight birdies and an eagle in the afternoon. It was his second eagle of the day on the par-5 13th.
He said he had no idea that he was setting an amateur record.
"I knew where I was. I knew I needed to make eagle on 18 for 59," he said. "It`s tough to hole it from 152."
But he came close. His approach landed just above the hole and rolled back to just over 2 feet below the pin.
"I thought it had a chance, it was covering the flag pretty good," he said. "It takes some luck."
The way his month has been going, he might have expected it to go in. Cantlay received the Jack Nicklaus Award from the Golden Bear himself on June 5 at the Memorial, and the next day qualified for the US Open at a sectional site filled with tour players. Then after opening with a 75 at Congressional, he followed with rounds of 67-70-72 to become the low amateur, finishing in a tie for 21st.