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FRIDAY, FEB. 16 - Despite recording a round six-strokes better than Thursday, 2011 SCGA Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay missed his first PGA Tour cut Friday after the second round of Northern Trust Open action. Cantlay finished Friday with a one-over 72, but couldn't make up for Thursday's 7-over 78. The UCLA sophomore had made the cut in all five of his prior PGA Tour appearances, but will have redemption against the Riviera CC course this summer during the NCAA Championships.
Three other former SCGA Amateur Champions were in the field for this week's tournament, but only 1995 champion Charlie Wi was able to make the cut. Wi has posted round of 75 and 69 to currently sit at -2, eight strokes off the lead.
Phil Mickelson, who also led after Thursday's play, sits atop the leaderboard at -6.
Fans attending the action this week should remember to stop by the SCGA booth in The Grove area to take part in the SCGA's putting contest.
THURSDAY, FEB. 15 - Familiar faces sit atop the leader board after the first day of the Northern Trust Open, but what isn’t joining them is a handful of local stars, who struggled today on the Riviera CC course. Phil Mickelson, a two-time champion of the Northern Trust Open, holds the lead after a first-round 66, with J.B. Holmes and Hunter Mahan on his tail after shooting 67s. The low rounds didn’t grace the scorecards of the four former SCGA Amateur Champions in the field, however, as not one was able to score below par.
Reigning SCGA Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay (pictured), who despite still being an amateur appeared in five PGA Tour tournaments last year, is in danger of missing his first PGA Tour cut after posting a +7, 78.
The UCLA sophomore birdied his second hole of the day but it proved to be his finest hole. He went on to post six bogeys and one double-bogey, a very un-Cantlay like round, the rest of the way.
The 2009 SCGA Amateur Champion Austin Graham ran into the same type of problems, finishing with a +8, 79. 1995 Champion Charlie Wi finished the day at +5, 75 while 2011 Champion John Merrick bested him by one stroke with a 74.
The round was suspended due to darkness, and will continue Friday morning.
SCGA Members attending this week’s tournament should make sure to stop by the SCGA Booth at The Grove area and take part in a putting contest. Also, follow along with pictures from the tournament by following the SCGA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/thescga or on Facebook at facebook.com/scgafanpage.