A brilliant closing 64 on June 2 swept him to his second PGA Tour title in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village and into the world’s top 10 for the first time.
Made his Open Championship debut at Carnoustie and missed out on a top 10 finish by just one stroke. Having won the Mark McCormack Award as the world’s top amateur in 2011 – he was No 1 for a record 54 consecutive weeks - Cantlay could have played at Royal Lytham and St Annes the following summer, but decided to turn professional. By then he had twice made the cut in the US Open and once at The Masters as well as appearing in the 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen.
In 2013 he was kept out of action by a stress fracture in his back and could not even pick up a club for 10 months, then in 2016 he was out walking with caddie Chris Roth when a hit-and-run driver killed his long-time friend. Golf understandably lost its appeal, but eventually he committed himself to the sport again. In 2017 he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and in May tied for third at the PGA Championship.