Amateur Cantlay shoots 60 to take Travelers lead(update)


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  • Saturday, 25 Jun 2011

CROMWELL, Connecticut (AP) — Nineteen-year-old Patrick Cantlay shot a course-record 10-under 60 — the lowest PGA Tour round ever by an amateur — to take a four-stroke lead Friday in the Travelers Championship.

The lowest scoring amateur last week at the U.S. Open, Cantlay equaled the tournament record set by Tommy Bolt when the event was played in Wethersfield in 1954.

Cantlay birdied the final two holes at TPC River Highlands 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."

D.J. Trahan (62), Webb Simpson (65) Alexandre Rocha (66) and Vaughn Taylor (66) were tied for second along with Andres Romero who had completed five holes when play was suspended because of darkness just after 8 p.m. Seventy-seven players are scheduled to complete the second round Saturday.

An amateur hasn't won a PGA Tour event since Phil Mickelson in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Arizona. If Cantlay wins, he would have 60 days to decide whether to accept a spot on the tour and the two-year exemption that goes with it.

Cantlay just completed first year at university, says he still plans to stay until he earns his degree.

"I'm going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup, and my plan is to stay amateur until I finish college," he said.

Four players have shot 61s at the TPC River Highlands course. The last was Kenny Perry in 2009.

Thursday's rain left the greens soft, and with little wind Friday the scores were low. The projected cut line was 3-under par.

"A day like today, play good in the first round, you just kind of keep it going," Taylor said. Generally, your swing feels the same and your game feels the same, so you just kind of stay in it and just keep playing."

Tour rookie Jim Renner shot 29 on his first nine holes and finished his first round with a 63, good enough for a one-stroke lead heading into the afternoon.

But he started his second round with a bogey, a par and a double bogey and finished the day at 3-under.

Renner had played in just one Tour event before this season and earned his card though qualifying school. He grew up in Plainville, Mass., and said this tournament was the first PGA Tour event he ever attended.

"I think I walked about four holes and realized I was ready to go home," he said. "I was 14."

The shot of the day came from Heath Slocum, who holed a 160-yard shot across the water to eagle the signature 17th hole. He finished his two rounds at 7 under.

But Cantlay stole the show, and received a standing ovation from the sparse crowd as he walked up the 18th fairway.

"It's just one round," he said. "It was a good round, and I played really well. Nothing bad happened. I'm really proud of it, but I've got a couple more rounds to play."

Scores Friday from the $6 million Travelers Championship at the par-70, 6,841-yard TPC River Highlands course

Partial Second Round

a-amateur

a-Patrick Cantlay 67-60—127

Webb Simpson 66-65—131

Vaughn Taylor 65-66—131

D.J. Trahan 69-62—131

Alexandre Rocha 65-66—131

Blake Adams 66-66—132

Brendan Steele 68-64—132

Brian Davis 65-67—132

David Mathis 67-65—132

Michael Thompson 67-65—132

Tag Ridings 65-68—133

James Driscoll 69-64—133

Heath Slocum 70-63—133

Brandt Snedeker 70-63—133

Ricky Barnes 68-65—133

David Hearn 66-67—133

Charley Hoffman 67-67—134

Brandt Jobe 65-69—134

Spencer Levin 67-68—135

J.J. Henry 68-67—135

Jerry Kelly 69-66—135

Martin Laird 68-67—135

David Toms 69-66—135

Bubba Watson 66-69—135

J.B. Holmes 68-67—135

Joe Durant 67-68—135

Paul Stankowski 67-68—135

Chris Stroud 66-69—135

Tommy Gainey 66-69—135

D.J. Brigman 68-67—135

Michael Putnam 65-70—135

Colt Knost 67-68—135

Aron Price 69-66—135

Morgan Hoffmann 68-67—135

Bud Cauley 68-67—135

Kevin Streelman 66-70—136

Dean Wilson 68-68—136

Scott Verplank 67-69—136

Jhonattan Vegas 69-67—136

Keegan Bradley 71-65—136

Ian Poulter 68-68—136

Carl Pettersson 68-68—136

John Daly 69-67—136

Zack Miller 70-66—136

Charlie Wi 67-70—137

Arjun Atwal 68-69—137

Geoff Ogilvy 68-69—137

Craig Bowden 72-65—137

Kevin Stadler 68-69—137

Jim Renner 63-74—137

Kent Jones 69-69—138

Troy Merritt 69-69—138

Brendon de Jonge 69-69—138

Anthony Kim 69-69—138

Cameron Tringale 71-67—138

Sunghoon Kang 74-64—138

Kyle Stanley 72-66—138

Justin Leonard 70-69—139

Woody Austin 72-67—139

Chris Baryla 69-70—139

Michael Connell 70-70—140

Alex Prugh 69-71—140

Garrett Willis 66-74—140

Josh Teater 71-69—140

Matt Bettencourt 71-69—140

Chad Campbell 71-69—140

Kevin Tway 72-68—140

Christopher DeForest 74-67—141

Scott Gutschewski 75-66—141

Kevin Na 74-68—142

Trevor Immelman 70-72—142

Steven Bowditch 71-71—142

Boo Weekley 71-72—143

Will Strickler 73-70—143

Billy Horschel 73-71—144

Billy Andrade 72-73—145

Bobby Gates 72-76—148

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