LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Cantlay has a message for anyone who lamented the record low score two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
“Most people I’ve talked to, when it comes to golf, don’t say the game is too easy,” Cantlay told The American Express on Wednesday. “Maui historically played easily because there was no wind and it was usually 20 mph. It had rained like 10 or 11 inches the week before and so it was very, very mild and almost all golf courses where it rains and then there is no wind will be easy.
Cantlay, however, also wanted to be clear on another front: “I didn’t say too easy. I said sometimes professional golfers can make it really easy,” he said.
Cameron Smith (34 under), Jon Rahm (33 under) and Matt Jones (32 under) all set scoring records for the most under-par shots on Maui to start the year and this year’s three-yard rotation. week in the Coachella Valley promises more of the same.
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In 2020, the last time the American Express used a three-course rotation, the Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course and La Quinta ranked 36th, 40th and 41st toughest on the Tour out of 41 courses.