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World No1 Amateur Patrick Cantlay turns Pro
Patrick Cantlay, formerly the world's No.1 amateur in golf, announced what many had been expecting several months ago: his intention to turn professioanl

Two days after tying for 41st place at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, the 20-year-old has signed up with Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, the same agent who works with Tiger Woods.

"Well, I had a really good time at UCLA for my two years, and I learned a lot and I developed a lot, and I've played really well at this event last year, and I feel like it's time for me to play as a pro," Cantlay said at a press conference ahead of the Travelers Championship in Conneticut.

"I think it's best for my golf game, and that's just what my when I talked over with my mom and my dad and [coach] Jamie Mulligan, that's just what we thought would be best for me and my game right now. So we thought Travelers since I played well here last year and it's after the U. S. Open it was the right time and that's kind of why I'm doing it now, and just felt right."

A student at the University of California in Los Angeles, Cantlay's decision means he will pass on his remaining two years and become a golf professional instead.

"I am so grateful to UCLA ... for the relationships I've formed and the opportunities I've had to compete and develop at the collegiate level," said Cantlay, who was runner-up to compatriot Kelly Kraft at the 2011 U.S. amateur championship.

Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal, as well as numerous college tournaments, Cantlay was the best ranked amateur in the 2011 U.S. Open and this years Masters.

He will make his first apperance as a pro this week in a return to the Travelers Championship, the site of his record breaking round of 60 that he made last year

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