Patrick Cantlay will become the fifth recipient of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at the end of the season depsite his runner-up finish in the US Amateur at Erin Hills.
Cantlay has held the top spot for 13 weeks, enjoying a stellar year that began at last year’s US Amateur where he reached the semi-final as a high school student.
In June, Cantlay finished low amateur at the US Open with a level par, four-round score of 284 good enough to tie for 21st place.
“It’s special. Any time you’re recognised as the best in your respective sport and level, it means a lot. I’m very honoured to win this award, said Cantlay.
“I’ve played well, and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s
been really my first summer of playing high-profile tournaments, so it means a lot that I’ve been able to play well and compete.”
Cantlay, from Los Alamitos, California, tied for 24th at the Travelers Championship, two weeks after the US Open, where he posted 60 in the second round – the lowest round ever scored by an amateur on the PGA Tour.
The young star will be presented with the Mark H McCormack Medal at the Walker Cup in September where he will be America’s top man facing the GB&I team at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.