Patrick Cantlay Masters Golf 2023 Preview – Can He Win His First Major?

At the age of 31, Patrick Cantlay finds himself in fourth in the official world rankings after a solid couple of years of the PGA Tour. While the gap between Cantlay and Rahm, Mcilroy and Scheffler in the top three positions is significant, the American has still been able to enjoy some great performances in recent years.

The biggest blight on his record is the fact that he is yet to become a major champion. There is no doubt that he has the game to one day become a major champion and he has enjoyed top-ten finishes in three of the four majors since 2019. The only one he has struggled at to date is the US Open where his best-ever performance was finishing 14th in 2022.

Patrick Cantlay’s Form this Season

Cantlay’s form during the 22/23 season isn’t quite as good as it was in 21/22 but he has still enjoyed some good performances on the PGA Tour. He has three top-ten finishes to his name in seven events so far this, however, he has also missed the cut in one of the biggest events of the year at the Phoenix Open in February.

A positive sign, however, was how he responded to that disappointment. The week after missing the cut in Phoenix he finished third in the Genesis Invitational and then followed that up with a fourth-placed finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The biggest event of the year so far has been the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. The tournament is regarded by many as the unofficial fifth major on the PGA Tour and Cantlay has historically always struggled at the event. The 31-year-old finished a career-best 19th this year which he will have been satisfied with considering he missed the cut at Sawgrass every year from 2019-2022.

Best Result

Tied for second at the Shriner’s Children’s Open in October.

Last Result

Tied for ninth at the WGC-Dell Match Play in March.

Patrick Cantlay’s Masters Record

When you look at Cantlay’s form at the Masters, it doesn’t bode particularly well for the 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year. His best performance at the historic event came in 2019 when he finished tied for 9th, however, even then he started only narrowly made it through to the weekend after opening up with two rounds of 73.

A sensational round of 64 in round three left him on -6 for the week and he followed that up with a 68 in the final round to sneak into the top ten. In truth, he was never in contention for the title which was eventually won by Tiger Woods.

Aside from 2019, he has never even threatened the first page of the leaderboard, never-mind the top of it. In fact, the only other time he has finished under par at the Masters was in 2020 when he finished tied for 17th with a score of -7 for the week. Last year, he narrowly made the cut but then ended up with a score of +7 after a miserable weekend.

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Mar 11, 2023; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Patrick Cantlay putts on the 18th green during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon sport

Patrick Cantlay’s Performance at the Masters So Far

Cantlay has done well so far at the Masters, especially when you consider the fact he has had to play in the worst of the weather over the opening two days at Augusta National. He has comfortably made the cut with a score of -2 and is in a tie for 21st.  Cantlay is probably too far back to mount a challenge for the green jacket but with the bad weather set to continue, he won’t have completely given up just yet.

Odds on Patrick Cantlay to Win the Masters

Cantlay was one of the favourites before the tournament, probably due to the fact he is ranked fourth in the world. His odds were 20/1 but they have now been cut down to 100/1 which reflects how far behind Koepka he is at the halfway stage.

Patrick Cantlay Masters Tee Times

After being forced to finish his second round on Saturday morning due to the bad weather on Friday afternoon, Cantlay will have a relatively quick turnaround.

Saturday’s tee times are yet to be announced but a different setup to usual is expected. Players will once again be grouped in 3-balls with half the field starting on the 1st hole and the other half starting on the 10th.

Patrick Cantlay Masters Prediction – Top 20

Cantlay is yet to win a tournament this season and that isn’t going to change over the weekend, regardless of the weather. He has shown enough though to suggest that he has two more solid rounds in his locker, though, and we think he can finish inside the top 20.

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