An Absent Friend Casts a Shadow Over a Rookie’s Tour Milestone

An Absent Friend Casts a Shadow Over a Rookie’s Tour Milestone

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“He’s extremely talented, and he’s going to work his way up into the top 10 in the world, in my opinion,” Spieth told reporters after being paired with Cantlay for the third round of the second PGA Tour playoff event.

When Cantlay, 25, won his first pro event in March 2013, at the Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour, he finished seven strokes ahead of Spieth, who tied for fourth. But by the time Spieth won back-to-back major titles in 2015, Cantlay was dealing with a back injury, later diagnosed as a stress fracture, that would restrict him to six Tour starts between June 2013 and January 2017.

In February 2016, within weeks of being advised by his doctor to stop…



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