Patrick Cantlay

Who is Patrick Cantlay?

A polarising figure, who is Patrick Cantlay? Check out our player profile on the American here…


Patrick Cantlay had an incredible amateur career, which showed he was set for greatness. He held the record for the most consecutive weeks at the summit of the World Golf Amateur Rankings for more than a decade.

Cantlay went to UCLA, and in his freshman year in 2011, he was unstoppable. He won four events, winning the Haskins Award, the GCAA Jack Nicklaus Award and the Phil Mickelson award, along with being the PAC-10 Player of the Year. Cantlay won the Mark H. McCormack medal as he ended the 2011 season as the world’s leading amateur.

He made the 2011 US Open through sectional qualifying, before being one of three amateurs to make the cut. Cantlay then shot the lowest round in PGA Tour history by an amateur, as he fired a course record 60 at TPC River Highlands in the Travelers Championship.

His first professional win came on the Web.com (now Korn Ferry) Tour, but he had to wait another four years before grabbing his first PGA Tour title. That came in 2017 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He has also won the Memorial Tournament twice, along with winning the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in back-to-back weeks to claim the FedEx Cup in 2021.

Since 2019, Cantlay has also played for the USA on four occasions. He has played in the Ryder Cup on two occasions – at Whistling Straits and Marco Simone – along with two appearances on victorious American teams at the Presidents Cup.

Patrick Cantlay | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Patrick Cantlay
Born: March 17, 1992
Nationality: United States
Residence: Jupiter, Florida, United States


College: UCLA
Turned Pro: 2012
Professional Wins: 9
Highest World Ranking: 3 – January 23, 2022

Best Results In Major

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – T9 (2019)
PGA Championship – T3 (2019)
– US Open – T14 (2022, 2023)
Open Championship – T8 (2022)

Professional Wins – 9

2013 (1) – Colombia Championship
2017 (1) – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
2019 (1) – Memorial Tournament
2020 (1) – Zozo Championship
2021 (3) – Memorial Tournament, BMW Championship, Tour Championship
2022 (2) – Zurich Classic, BMW Championship

Achievements and Awards

Jack Nicklaus Award – 2011
PAC-10 Conference Player of the Year – 2011
Haskins Award – 2011
Mark H. McCormack Medal – 2011
Ben Hogan Award – 2012
FedEx Cup Champion – 2021
PGA Tour Player of the Year – 2021

Patrick Cantlay | What’s In His Bag?

Cantlay is known to be a Titleist man, playing the TS3 driver and the 718 AP2 irons. He also has four Vokey Design wedges along with a Scotty Cameron putter.

Check out the full article on Patrick Cantlay’s what’s in the bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Patrick Cantlay

When and where was Patrick Cantlay born?

Patrick Cantlay was born on March 17, 1992 in Long Beach, California, United States. He was just 3 years old when he started playing golf with his father.

When did Patrick Cantlay turn professional?

Cantlay turned professional in 2012 after an incredible amateur career, which included his first few events on Tour, and a record-breaking 60 at the Travelers Championship.

How many PGA Tour events has Patrick Cantlay won?

As of June 2023, Patrick Cantlay has won eight PGA Tour titles, including three FedEx Cup Playoffs events. He has won the BMW Championship twice, and won the Tour Championship in 2021, taking home the FedEx Cup trophy in the process.

Who is Patrick Cantlay’s wife?

Cantlay’s wife is Nikki Guidish, a model and pharmacist. Guidish graduated from the University of South Florida where she studied Pharmacology, and the pair went public with their relationship in 2021.

Did you Know?

Amateur Low Round On PGA Tour

Cantlay holds the record for the lowest round in PGA Tour history by a amateur, doing so in 2011. The American shot a course record 60 at TPC River Highlands while playing in the Travelers Championship. This was only matched 13 years later, when Nick Dunlap also shot a 60 during The American Express in 2024.

World’s Best Amateur

Cantlay was the top ranked amateur golfer in the world for more than a year. He spent 55 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, 54 of those being consecutively.

Went Two Seasons Without Playing

Cantlay did not make an appearance on the PGA Tour during 2015 or 2016. This was due to a constant back problem. He then also lost his best friend in a hit-and-run crash in the second of those years, which makes his comeback even stronger.

Other Patrick Cantlay Articles

It’s a date! Patrick Cantlay confirms meeting between PGA Tour and PIF

‘Hat-Gate’ reignites with fresh Patrick Cantlay report on Ryder Cup pay

Patrick Cantlay hits back in Masters slow play controversy

Colin Montgomerie takes swipe at Cantlay’s slow play

Cantlay makes ridiculous up-and-down at RBC Heritage

What do you think of Patrick Cantlay? A good golfer but a bit of controversy, perhaps? Let us know with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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