Column: Cantlay's past shows why the future is promising

AP
Published 10:41 a.m. ET June 4, 2019

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — To the victor go the social media requests.

This proved far more difficult for Patrick Cantlay than his 64 at Muirfield Village, the lowest final round by a winner in 44 years of the Memorial and a performance that suggested his move to No. 8 in the world had more to do with any mathematical formula.

Cantlay looked at the phone as the PGA Tour social media team tried to explain what it wanted — a short video saying what this victory meant to him. He stretched his arm and struggled to get the right angle while still being able to start the video. Finally, a tour employee held it for him. Cantlay smiled and said all the right things.

“First selfie?” someone cracked as he walked off the stage.

Cantlay rolled his eyes.

He doesn’t do social media. Cantlay appears to be anti-social on the golf course, which is misleading.

In the absence of cameras and microphones, the 27-year-old from California is smart, honest and insightful with an occasional needle. On the golf course, he has a cold focus with no apologies. He knows how he comes across because when he arrived at Muirfield Village on Sunday, someone…

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