Cantlay relishes California outing

10 February 2021 19:42:14 GMTPlus10

Patrick Cantlay says cold conditions will make this week's AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tough, but he is confident his game is in the right place to challenge for victory.

World number 10 Cantlay, who is the highest-ranked player in the field this week following the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson, has made a positive start to 2021 and he goes in search of a fourth PGA Tour win this week.

The 28-year-old was tied-13th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on his first start of the year, before then producing a sensational final-round display at The American Express to finish second, one stroke behind Si-woo Kim.

Cantlay shot an 11-under-par 61 to almost snatch the trophy from Kim's hands and he is hoping to keep that momentum going when teeing it up at the AT & T, which will be played over Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill this year.

"I always like being up here in Monterey," he said, as quoted by Yahoo Sports. "Even though it's cold this time of year, I like playing Pebble Beach. I like Spyglass. So I'm excited for this year.

"It looks like we're going to get some rain, which isn't uncommon, but I always like being here and I like the golf courses and I like the California golf. My game's been good.

"Obviously how I played my last round on Tour was unbelievable, even I was a little surprised I was able to shoot 11-under on that golf course.

"But I think it bodes well for the future and my game's in a good spot, my processes are all really good, and if I can make a bunch of putts like I did on that Sunday, look out."

Cantlay is 8.50 to pick up the title this week, while defending champion Nick Taylor is 67.00 to become the first player since Dustin Johnson in 2010 to successfully retain the crown.

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