FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Patrick Cantlay grabbed a share of the second-round lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship on Friday, a week after the former UCLA star squandered a chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Fighting a back injury, the 21-year-old Cantlay birdied four of his last five holes for a 7-under 65 to match 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman and Web.com Tour money champion Michael Putnam at 11-under 133 at Sycamore Hills in the Web.com Tour Finals opener.
"It actually feels best on the course," Cantlay said about his back. "I'm aware of it. I try to swing like I'm not hurt and deal with whatever pain there is. There's pain on every shot. It's kind of like out of sight, out of mind. I try not to think about it."
Cantlay missed the cut last week in the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb., to drop from 25th to 29th on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 25 after that event secured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while Nos. 26-75 are fighting with Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings for 25 additional cards in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.
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