From today's press conference at the Travelers Championship, where Patrick Cantlay announced his decision to turn pro.
Q. How much did (indiscernible) have an impact on that?
PATRICK CANTLAY: Not so much. Like I said, it's still ‑‑ I think if you're good enough to be a pro, you're going to be able to be a pro pretty quick and it'll be apparent. So I don't think the Q‑School ‑‑ I think Q‑School still allows really good players to get out there fast.
Fast? A year toiling in the minors is not fast. Could it be he's not aware of the 2013 change? After all, he just signed with Mark Steinberg, so anything's possible.
Also, according to Cantlay, he had not made his decision to turn pro as of Sunday afternoon.
Asked about his status following his 2-over 72 Sunday afternoon Cantlay said: "I haven't made a decision yet. I still have a lot to talk over with my family."
Brian Wacker reports on today's press conference and announcement.
All of this last minute decision making sure makes Travis Mathew's announcement today (with photos in the company clothes!) so impressive. They sure cobbled that together quickly on short notice.
Travis Mathew Welcomes Patrick Cantlay to Travis Mathew Team
Seal Beach, CA – World number one amateur Patrick Cantlay has joined the Travis Mathew team. Cantlay will begin representing the brand during his professional debut at the Travelers Championship this week.
"This is a big day for the future of the Travis Mathew Brand and Team," says Travis Mathew President Travis Brasher. “It is not every day that a company gets the opportunity to work with such a bright and talented young man. The fact that Patrick grew up in our backyard, was coached and mentored by Jamie Mulligan, a very close friend to the Travis Mathew Family, and was raised at Virginia Country Club alongside two of our original team members John Mallinger and Peter Tomasulo, is just icing on the cake. We would like to thank Patrick for choosing us as his apparel sponsor and we look forward to watching him grow on and off the golf course.”
Among the many professional golfers who proudly wear the Travis Mathew brand are Masters Champion Bubba Watson, PGA Tour winners John Huh and Chris Kirk, and European Tour star Branden Grace. Cantlay's long-time friends and fellow Southern California natives John Mallinger and Peter Tomasulo have been involved with the Travis Mathew brand since its inception.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Travis Mathew team. I have always admired the style and quality of the clothing and I like the fact that the people involved are my friends," Cantlay said.