Cantlay cautious despite electric start

Cantlay cautious despite electric start

Patrick Cantlay is not getting too carried away by he and partner Xander Schauffele having made a superb start at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The American duo (2/1 – tournament outright) combined perfectly during the opening 18 holes – played as four-balls – to register a 13-under par round of 59, which was good enough to secure a one-shot advantage over the rest of the field.

The second round at TPC Louisiana will be played as foursomes and Cantlay believes that he and his compatriot will dovetail nicely in that format too.

He told the official PGA Tour website: “We played really well, made a lot of putts on a day that was a little tricky with the wind and didn’t birdie a lot of the same holes.

“When you do that in this format, that’s really the key. But it’s just the first quarter, we’re only one shot ahead, but we are going into a format on Friday that we really like.

“I think Xander and I really like alternate shot.”

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The leaderboard after the opening round is largely dominated by home golfers, with the leading non-American duo the all-English partnership of Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett (25/1 – tournament outright), who lie four shots off the lead in a share of ninth place.

Fellow Englishmen Sam Horsfield and Matt Wallace are one shot further back on 8-under par, as are the exciting looking link-up of former Open champion Shane Lowry and Ryder Cup great Ian Poulter (28/1 – tournament outright).

Defending champions Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (22/1 – tournament outright) are six shots off the stinging pace being set by Cantlay and Schauffele, with Smith having claimed the honours both last year and also back in 2017 – when he partnered Swede Jonas Blixt to success.

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Author: Lucille White