Monday, June 3

VIDEO: Patrick Cantlay Charges to Victory at Memorial Tournament



PATRICK CANTLAY IS EARNING a reputation as a fierce competitor. That rep was bolstered on Sunday when Cantlay fired a 64 to win the Memorial Tournament by two strokes in Dublin, Ohio.

Cantlay charged past 54-hole leader Martin Kaymer (72) and held off a resurgent Adam Scott (68) to finish 19 under and pick up his second PGA Tour victory. With the win, Cantlay cracked the top 10 in the world rankings, rising to No. 8.

Memorial Tournament host Jack Nicklaus likes the 27-year-old UCLA product.

"His game is very suited for majors," Nicklaus said. "Drives the ball very straight. His iron game is obviously very good. He's got a good attitude. He’'s not trying to do something flashy. He tries to play good, solid golf. And that's really what it takes to play major-championship golf."

Nicklaus added: "Patrick reminds me a lot of me at being serious. I got so wrapped up in what I was doing, I forgot about everything else going on around me."

Pebble Beach is straight ahead for Cantlay and others. He may be ready to take that next step.

"I really like major-championship golf," Cantlay said. "I feel like it suits my game. As far as I'm concerned, the rough can't be long enough, the fairways can't be narrow enough, the greens can't be fast enough. I love golf like that."

From an attitude standpoint, that puts Cantlay ahead of much of the U.S. Open field. Several players, including Phil Mickelson, can't seem to gripe enough about the U.S. Open setup and aim some of their best shots at the USGA.

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