Patrick Cantlay

By Todd Mrowice

Patrick Cantlay in August, 2022

Patrick Cantlay is an American professional golfer from Long Beach, California. He attended UCLA and turned pro in 2012. Cantlay has eight wins on the PGA Tour, including FedEx Cup Playoff events.

Patrick Cantlay Quick Facts

Born March 17, 1992
Hometown Long Beach, California
College UCLA
Turned Pro 2012
Major Championship Wins 0
PGA Tour Wins 8
Total Career Wins 9
Career Earnings $32,362,363
Spouse Nikki Guidish (engaged)

*wins and career earnings current through December, 2022

Patrick Cantlay Career Highlights

Patrick Cantlay had a decorated amateur golf career where he spent 55 weeks atop the World Amateur Golf Ranking. In his senior year of high school, he won the California State High School Championship and went on the following year to win four times as a freshman at UCLA. His collegiate play also qualified him for the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 British Open.

2011 was a monumental year in Cantlay's amateur golf career. In addition to playing in the U.S. Open, Cantlay played in the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship where he shot 60 at TPC River Highlands, the lowest round by an amateur in tour history. The following week, Cantlay was the low amateur at the AT&T National. The week after that, he won the Southern California Amateur. Also in 2011, Cantlay finished runner-up at both the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur.

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By 2012, Cantlay was well seasoned to turn pro and had a few close calls in his rookie season on the Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour). In 2013, however, Cantlay earned his first professional win at the Columbia Championship.

Patrick Cantlay Injury & Comeback

Cantlay injured his back while warming up at the driving range in May 2013. After consulting multiple doctors, Cantlay discovered that he had a stress fracture in one of his vertebrae. He was advised to quit golf to allow himself to heal, but instead he played a few more events in order to secure his PGA Tour card for 2014. After trying to play his way through five events, Cantlay was granted an 11-event medical extension as he chose to focus on recovery.

After earning his PGA Tour card in 2014, Cantlay barely played on tour through the next couple of years. By the beginning of the 2017 season, he still had 10 events remaining on his medical extension, but tragedy struck when his good friend and caddie, Chris Roth, was killed in a hit-and-run car accident.

Cantlay went on to play in 2017 and regained his tour card by finishing runner-up at the Valspar Championship. His first PGA Tour victory came the following season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open where Cantlay won in a playoff over Alex Čejka and Kim Meen-whee.

Cantlay won once in 2019, at the Memorial Tournament, and once in 2020 (ZoZo Championship) before a monumental 2021. Cantlay won his second Memorial Tournament over Colin Morikawa in a playoff. He then won back-to-back FedEx Cup Playoff events. First, the BMW Championship in a playoff over Bryson DeChambeau, then the Tour Championship by one stroke over Jon Rahm. Needless to say, Patrick Cantlay won the 2021 FedEx Cup Championship and its $15 million bonus.

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In 2022, Cantlay won twice. First, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans teamed with Xander Schauffele. Second, he repeated with a win at the BMW Championship. Cantlay has not yet won a major championship. His closest was a tie for third at the 2019 PGA Championship. His career earnings are $32,362,363.

Patrick Cantlay has played on three U.S. national teams (all winners): the 2019 and 2022 Presidents Cup and the 2021 Ryder Cup.

Cantlay has a distinct outside-to-in swing path and is known for being extremely calm under pressure, earning him the nickname “Patty Ice.” He is one of the best clutch putters in recent tour history.

About Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay and fiance Nikki Guidish in August 2022

Patrick Cantlay was born on March 17, 1992 to Steve and Colleen Cantlay. In 2022, Cantlay got engaged to his girlfriend, Nikki Guidish, who is a former model and competitive bodybuilder. He resides in Jupiter, Florida.

Cantlay began playing golf at age 3, when his grandfather would bring him to the golf course. His father is a former club champion at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, California.

Cantlay founded the Patrick Cantlay Foundation, which supports junior golfers and programs which assist and advocate on behalf of first-responders.

About the Author

Todd Mrowice is a Staff Writer for GolfLink. His experience spans over 15 years and he has covered all aspects of the game including travel, products, business, and professional tours. Todd has also put his deep knowledge of golf equipment to work as a club fitter and in several marketing roles in the golf industry. He has a hole-in-one on his playing resume and appropriately gave his son the middle name “Ace.”