Cantlay turned pro one day after finishing
T- 41 in the U. S. Open at Olympic Club.
Cantlay turns pro after
making u.s. open cut
�� Having made the cut seven out
of eight starts in PGA Tour events,
including three major championships,
U.S. Amateur runner-up Patrick
Cantlay has decided it is time to make
the jump to the pro ranks. The 20-year-
old from Los Alamitos, Calif., who just
wrapped up his sophomore season at
UCLA then finished T- 41 in the U.S.
Open will make his professional debut
at the Travelers Championship.
Cantlay intends to sign with Excel
Sports Management and be represented by Mark Steinberg. After the
Travelers, an event in which he shot
a second-round 60 as an amateur last
year en route to a T- 24 finish, he will
play in two other PGA Tour events in
the next month—the AT&T National
and the Greenbrier Classic.
By turning pro now Cantlay forgoes
an exemption into next month’s British Open that he earned for being the
No. 1 ranked amateur in the world last
Meeker is unsung hero
behind open success
�� Steve Meeker doesn’t have an ego.
He’s soft-spoken, selfless and calm
under pressure. Of the 5,300 volunteers behind the curtain of a successful U.S. Open at Olympic Club, it’s
Meeker who deserves a curtain call.
When the USGA commits a U.S.
Open to a private club, they ask for
one point person from that membership—a general chair of the championship. Committees and boards have
a lot of turnover, so one liaison simpli-fies the complex relationship.
Seven years ago, after the paperwork was signed return the Open to
San Francisco, the club appointed
Meeker, 66, a former board member
and an insurance broker, to fill that
role. “They might’ve been asleep at the
wheel when they chose me,” he joked.
But on Meeker’s watch—he has
worked with eight different club
presidents—he helped manage multiple closures and significant changes
to Olympic, such as adding new
putting surfaces on both the Lake
and Ocean courses, a new eighth hole
at the Lake, two new bunkers (one,
on the 17th hole, only weeks before
the start of the Open), the narrowing of fairways, the growing of rough
and the addition of “low-mow” areas
around several greens.
“I’m interested in the topic, but
not at this moment.”
a Stanford sophomore who quali-
fied to play in the U.S. Open but
had to file a term paper on Islamic
modernism in the 20th century
two days before the first round at
“It’s going to be such a
pleasant change for them. I
think they come to a U.S. Open
expecting it to be a really hard
test. If it isn’t, they’re disap-
pointed. I think Merion will be
more of a fun test.”
USGA executive director, on the
2013 host site.
“To hit drivers off of home
plate is pretty fun, especially
out into McCovey Cove. It’s
probably the coolest place
I’ve hit balls, maybe
who took part in a TaylorMade
demonstration at AT&T Park with
members of the San Francisco Giants
the night before the U.S. Open.
“How do you hit a shot
after that? All you can do is
say a prayer and then try to
after play for his group was held
up for 15 minutes during the first
round after a male member of the
gallery suffered a heart attack and
fell over onto the cart path.
“The key of Buddhism is for the
teacher to make himself obso-
lete to the student. That we’re
only working on technique after
rounds shows how much farther
ahead he is in the process.”
swing coach for Tiger Woods, on
how pleased he is that Woods no
longer needs his services before his
tee times, as he did earlier this year.
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