Patrick Cantlay has been fairly quiet of late. He is gone six straight begins and not using a top-10 end, and was notably absent from the Tour Championship for the primary time since 2016. However maybe all he wanted to jump-start his current kind was a return to Las Vegas.
Cantlay broke by means of for his first PGA Tour victory on the Shriners Hospitals for Youngsters Open in 2017, and he hasn’t slowed down since. He completed second behind Bryson DeChambeau because the defending champ, then misplaced a playoff final yr to Kevin Na. He is again at it once more this week, opening with an 8-under 63 that left him one shot behind DeChambeau after the primary spherical.
“I like this course. It units up for a right-to-left shot on plenty of holes, which is my most popular shot,” Cantlay stated. “So I am simply enjoying from the green lots and it seems like there may be numerous inexperienced lights, numerous alternatives to hit it as shut as I can. I just like the golf course and I’ve performed effectively right here.”
Cantlay informed reporters early within the week that he particularly savors the emphasis on straight driving at TPC Summerlin, the place correct size off the tee can present ample scoring alternatives. He made 9 birdies within the opening spherical, together with six on the entrance 9, and capped his afternoon with a 13-foot make on No. 18 to hitch 4 different gamers in a tie for second.
Whereas winds are anticipated to choose up over the weekend, Cantlay nonetheless estimates that it will take not less than 20 beneath to win on the par-71 format. There’s work to be achieved to achieve that lofty whole, however he is happy along with his begin as he appears to notch his first top-10 end because the Workday Charity Open in July – and probably prolong his almost pristine report in Las Vegas.
“I simply attempt to give myself as many alternatives as I can. The birdies will come out right here for those who’re affected person and play sensible,” Cantlay stated. “In the present day they did, so hopefully the following three days are extra of the identical.”