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Patrick Cantlay’s long, hard road to returning to the Tour this week

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Once the top-ranked amateur in the world and a winner on the Web.com Tour, Patrick Cantlay hasn’t teed it up on the PGA Tour since 2014. The saga of the back injury that kept him out of action is depressing and unfortunate enough on its own right. But if you recall, the worst of what befell the former winner during his time in the wilderness has nothing to do with his back.

Cantlay’s caddie and friend, Chris Roth, was struck by a car and killed directly in front of the golfer last year in California. Cantlay had to call 911, knowing his friend had no chance of survival.

“It still bothers me every day,” Cantlay said. “It changes the way that you see things for a while. Maybe not forever, you get numb to it. For a while, I couldn’t care less about everything. Not just golf. Everything that happened in my life for a couple months didn’t feel important. Nothing felt like it mattered.”

To say it’s been a long road back to competition for Cantlay would be an extreme understatement. He returns to action at Pebble Beach this week, and Damian Dottore of the OC Register has filed a superb piece on the former amatuer sensation’s return that’s well worth your time.

You’ll be rooting for the former UCLA star hard this week. Here’s Dottore’s piece.

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  1. Messico 9

    Feb 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Guess we gotta take his word that he saw it….
    The other guy that was there died

  2. golfraven

    Feb 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Heck, some heavy stuff to coap with. Looking forward to see how we will get back to top golf.

  3. Double Mocha Man

    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Sounds like a great kid… I will be looking for and cheering him on. Not just his back but his caddie’s death are both tough hurdles to overcome. With respect to his caddie and friend, he has to move on, regain an interest in golf (and other things) and realize that is what Chris Roth would want him to do. Go Patrick!

  4. Deadeye

    Feb 8, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Looking forward to seeing Patrick back on tour. A superb player that can be a major winner. I wish him luck.

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Interesting photos from the Zozo Championship

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This week is the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Golf Club, and with most of the worlds top golfers including Tiger Woods playing and prepping for the November Masters, there is a lot going on around the range when it comes to gear and testing.

As a reminder, you can check out all of our photos in the GolfWRX forums.

New Fourteen irons and wedges

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The irons are a throwback to a classic “channel back” style iron with mass positioned towards the top and bottom of the face to increase vertical stability of the blade while also maintaining feel.

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Justin Rose with Artisan lob wedge

The little shop from Texas continues to make big waves with more wedges spotted on tour every week including in former world number 1 Justin Rose.

Xander Schauffele’s new Apex irons and testing putters on Quintic

Xander’s prototype Callaway Apex irons look a lot like the newly released 2021 X-Forged irons but with obvious Apex branding. We also can’t forget about putting, and it’s cool to see a Quintic high-speed camera system on the practice green getting players dialed in to launch conditions just like how they would for a driver.

Ricky using older generation Cobra Amp Cell Pro Irons

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If there is one thing pros love, it’s a set of older irons—they’re the golf equivalent of putting on a pair of comfy broken-in jeans. For Ricky and his custom Amp Cell Pro’s with tungsten toe inserts, there must be some magic there because he has previously used multiple newer sets of irons but continues to gravitate towards these.

Shigeki Maruyama testing new Bettinardi putter

Shigeki isn’t someone to shy away from testing putters, and this week he was spotted testing one of the new Bettinardi putters that debuted last week in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek.

Pros are “just like us” – Justin Thomas and Mac Hughes edition

Yes, tour pros are just like us except for the fact that they are exceptional golfers, but even JT likes help in his long game and has a Titleist T300 3-iron in the bag, and when it comes to breakfast Mackenzie Hughes happens to like ketchup with his breakfast sandwich—although personally, I’m anti-ketchup when it comes to breakfast sandwiches.

Mickelson testing older X-Hot 3Deep

We’ve heard rumblings, of Champions Tour terminator Phil Mickelson testing 47.5″ drivers in the name of speed and distance, but as a way to also have a “fairway finder” it appears that he is contemplating putting his old X-Hot 3Deep in play. (Being able to identify a multi-generations old fairway wood from a distance based on its paint scheme is part of the reason we are WRX)

Gary Woodland testing Ping G425 driver

With the launch of the Ping G425 woods on tour a few weeks ago, it’s no surprise to see more players testing them in prep for the Masters, and for the fact that, they are the next evolution of the well-loved Ping G410—Gary Woodland is no exception.

 

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Photos from the 2020 Zozo Championship

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GolfWRX is live from the 2020 Zozo Championship, which takes place at Sherwood CC this year following the cancellation of the tour’s Asia swing.

With a loaded field that features Tiger Woods, there is plenty of WITB intrigue, as well as a number of Japanese players, whose setups are always worth taking a look at.

Check out our 12 general galleries and a selection of special collections below, including plenty of Woods, Mickelson, and McIlroy photos.

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Photos from the 2020 CJ Cup

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GolfWRX is live at the relocated 2020 CJ Cup, which is being contested at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas after the COVID-19 pandemic made the PGA Tour’s Asian Swing an impossibility.

Our photo sampling this week includes four general galleries packed with imagery, in-hand looks at the new Ping G425 driver and woods, drool-worthy putters and more.

Check out links to all our photos below.

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