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    Cantlay Wins Low Amateur

    2012 Low Amateur Patrick Cantlay
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    Patrick Cantlay receives the Silver Cup from Chairman Billy Payne after earning Low Amateur honors at the 2012 Masters.

    Patrick Cantlay, the 20-year-old top-ranked amateur in the world, added another distinction to his resume Sunday when he closed with an even-par 72 and earned the Low Amateur honors at the Masters.

    Cantlay finished at 7-over-par 295 to edge Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, the reigning two-time Asian Amateur champion, by two shots. Kelly Kraft, the third amateur to play the weekend, finished at 18-over 306.

    Cantlay, from Irvine, Calif., and a sophomore at UCLA, received the sterling Silver Cup traditionally awarded to the Low Amateur. Matsuyama was the Masters’ Low Amateur in 2011. He will take home the Silver Medal as the second-lowest scoring amateur in the Masters. To be eligible for either award, an amateur must make the cut.

    Starting the fourth round six shots behind Matsuyama, Cantlay played his final five holes in 4-under, rebounding nicely from consecutive holes of quadruple bogey and bogey in a round that also included two eagles and only six pars.

    “Obviously I was really happy to be here this week,” Cantlay said. “It was nice to play.”

    The 2011 U.S. Amateur runner-up to Kraft, Cantlay has invitations to play in both the U.S. Open and the British Open.

    Cantlay joins such distinguished Masters Low Amateurs as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Ken Venturi, Charles Coe, Frank Stranahan, Harvie Ward, Billy Joe Patton and Lawson Little.

    Cantlay hits from fairway on No. 3
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