Cantlay Named to 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup Team
Former UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay has officially been named to the United States Ryder Cup team for the first time in his career, as announced Wednesday.
Cantlay became an automatic qualifier for this year's Ryder Cup when he won the BMW Championship on Sunday, Aug. 29. He clinched the FedExCup Championship last weekend (Sept. 5) when he won the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, finishing one-under-par 69 and concluding the weekend at 21 under.
One of 12 selections to this year's United States Ryder Cup team, Cantlay has joined five other automatic qualifiers – Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Kopeka and Justin Thomas. The U.S. team also includes six captain's picks by Steve Stricker – Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Scottie Scheffler and Daniel Berger.
With the 2020 Ryder Cup having been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, points that American players had earned in 2019 were included with those points secured in 2020 and 2021.
The 2021 Ryder Cup will begin Friday, Sept. 24, and conclude Sunday, Sept. 26, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. The Ryder Cup will be televised by the Golf Channel on Sept. 24, by the Golf Channel and NBC on Sept. 25, and by NBC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 26.
During the 2020-21 season, Cantlay won at the Zozo Championship in October, at the Memorial Tournament in June, at the BMW Championship on the final weekend in August and at the TOUR Championship on Sunday, Sept. 5. He was the only player on the PGA Tour to have won four events.
Cantlay, from Los Alamitos, Calif., excelled for the Bruins during his two-year collegiate career. He competed for UCLA from 2010-12, earning the Haskins Award in 2011 as the most outstanding college golfer. In 2011-12, he won the McCormack Medal as the world's No. 1-ranked amateur player.