Patrick Cantlay is a man of many talents, as his performance on Sunday in the Caves Valley suggested. He is a second scholar. A putter with no light. A cold assassin. And apparently a reporter.
When Cantlay spoke to the media on Sunday evening after his victory in the BMW Championship, he – perhaps accidentally – announced news about the upcoming Ryder Cup.
With his third win of the season, Cantlay secured the sixth and final automatic application for the American team. Cantlay was asked what it meant to form his first Ryder Cup squad, and in the process, revealed this tidbit.
“Yeah, I’m excited. Fred Couples texted me this week saying it looks like he’s going to be one of the deputy captains so he’ll be up there, ”Cantlay said.
For what it’s worth, Couples wasn’t advertised as US Captain Steve Striker’s assistant. These honors went, at least publicly, to Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III. Although the role has been ceremonial in the past, assistants have become a bigger part of the Ryder Cup experience over the past 15 years.
“I’ve spoken to Xander and JT and Jordan, of course, and we’re really looking forward to it,” continued Cantlay. “It’s nice to collect points. I think that is the case. And I’m really looking forward to this whole event. I’ve heard so much about it and seen it grow up. I mean, I’m sure it will be everything I imagined and more. I’ll get involved there and hopefully we’ll get a win. “
Cantlay played on the 2019 Presidents Cup team and scored three points for the Americans in a win at Royal Melbourne. In the pairs he was three times captain of the Presidents Cup and was assistant for knitters at the Presidents Cup 2017.
The Ryder Cup kicks off on September 24th in Whistling Straits.