By Sam Farmer
Photo Credit: Seth Wenig (Associated Press)
Another major, another impressive finish for Patrick Cantlay.
The former UCLA standout finished in a tie for third with Jordan Spieth and Matt Wallace at two-under-par 278, a month after a tie for ninth in the Masters. It was Cantlay’s seventh top-10 finish of the year, tying his career-best seven of last year.
“It's just sticking to my game plan,” said Cantlay, 27, who as a Bruins freshman in 2011 won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the college golfer of the year. “I feel like every week I show up extremely prepared and extremely ready to play well. And I have been. I had a lot of nice finishes this year, and looking to get some Ws.”
Cantlay, whose only PGA Tour win came in the 2018 Shriners Hospital for Children Open, shot a one-over 71 on Sunday with four birdies, three bogeys and a double. He said the windy weather dramatically changed Bethpage Black.
“It was very difficult, yeah, especially once you finish the first six,” he said. “Really, really windy, and so it's hard to get the ball in the correct spots. It's hard to get the fairways. And when you turn and you get the holes into the wind, or cross-wind, really, really difficult.
“I played really well. I hit a lot of good shots. I actually hit some good shots that didn't end up in good spots. Caught gusts. I'm sure everyone was catching gusts out there.