Patrick Cantlay Gets First Win in Las Vegas After Early Career Challenges

When turning pro in 2012 after winning the Nicklaus Award at UCLA, Patrick Cantlay was a top prospect for tour wins, but given a back injury that sat him out for three years and a life-changing event that ended his best friend and caddy’s life in 2016, Cantlay’s career didn’t pan out like anyone expected.

His first PGA Tour win at The Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas this past weekend, however, might have been what the 25-year old’s career needed to get him back into the mix.

Starting Sunday’s round four shots off the leaders, Cantlay took the lead after a string of birdies from the 11th to the 14th. The conditions on last four holes, however, resembled the windy conditions that plagued the field on Saturday as 40 mile and hour gusts howled through TPC Summerlin.

Cantlay bogeyed 17 and 18 to post a -9, Kim bogeyed 18 to drop to -9 and 54-hole leader JJ Spaun finished with two double-bogeys to drop to -6.

With Cantlay, Kim and Cejka all tied at -9, the first playoff hole netted them each a bogey and advancement to the second extra hole. Kim got in trouble and was out. Cejka and Cantlay both around the green in two, had to get up-and-down for par. Cantlay nearly makes his birdie chip and rolls in his par as Cejka misses his 4 giving Cantlay his first PGA Tour win.

“Having won, I hope they pile up,” Cantlay said. “I feel like getting your first one can sometimes be the toughest one to get. I want to be the best player in the world, and I want to win a bunch of tournaments. I feel like if that’s not what you’re out here for, you shouldn’t be out here.”

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