The Washington Times - June 19, 2011, 07:01PM

Patrick Cantlay is a 19-year-old kid from California whose sights are set on getting a degree from UCLA. This week at Congressional, he enjoyed a bit of the spotlight while finishing as the low amateur at the U.S. Open.

Sure, Cantlay (even par) got a rock star reception, but as he said, “I don’t know what a rock star really feels like.”


ESPN featured Cantlay in highlights this weekend, and he said his friends forced him to watch.

“I thought it was cool,” Cantlay said. “It was awesome that they put me on there.”

Cantlay earned it. Only three amateurs even made the cut at this tournament, and he bested recent Georgia graduate Russell Henley by four strokes.

It was a competition within the larger competition at the Open, but Cantlay admitted rooting for Henley, who he called a good friend.

Brad Benjamin, the third amateur to make the cut, finished 21-over for the tournament.