ERIN, Wis. — Patrick Cantlay’s impressive summer just keeps getting better.
The UCLA star will face Kelly Kraft for the U.S. Amateur championship after both players won their semifinal matches at Erin Hills on Saturday.
A win in today’s final would be another big step for Cantlay, a player who many are pointing to as a future star in the professional ranks – especially after proving he belonged in an appearance at the U.S. Open.
“It’s been very special,” Cantlay said. “Probably the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”
Cantlay, the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur, beat Jordan Russell 4 and 3 on Saturday. Kraft, of Denton, Texas, beat England’s Jack Senior 3 and 2. Traditionally, the Masters Tournament has invited the winner and runner-up for the next year’s event.
Kraft, 22, has played out his eligibility at Southern Methodist but still has a year of school left. He’ll have a tough test against a player with Cantlay’s credentials, but says he’s up for the challenge.
“We’re both playing the same golf course tomorrow, and we’ve both made it this far, so we’re both playing pretty good,” Kraft said. “I like my chances out there tomorrow.”
LPGA TOUR: In Mirabel, Quebec, defending champion Michelle Wie shot 4-under-par 68 in the Canadian Women’s Open for a share of the third-round lead with Ai Miyazato and Tiffany Joh.
The winner last year at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wie is trying to become the first player to win the national championship two years in a row since Pat Bradley in 1985-86.
Joh had 65, and Miyazato shot 71 to match Wie at 12-under 204 at Hillsdale Golf Club.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Snoqualmie, Wash., Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 18th hole for 5-under-par 67 and a share of the second-round lead in the Boeing Classic.
Calcavecchia, winless in 30 career starts in two seasons on the 50-and-over tour, matched Kenny Perry (68), Jeff Sluman (70) and Russ Cochran (71) at 7 under at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Bob Gilder (69), Chip Beck (69) and Chien Soon Lu (69) were 5 under. Defending champion Bernhard Langer was 3 under after 73.
Fred Couples, coming off a victory in the Seniors Players Championship, shot 69 to reach 2 under.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Gleneagles, Scotland, Ignacio Garrido and Mark Foster share a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Johnnie Walker Championship.
Garrido shot 3-under 69, while Foster had 68 and picked up all his shots on the par 5s to stand at 11-under 205. Each seeks his first tournament victory since 2003.
Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson shot 76 and is tied for 40th at 215. Jamie Elson, another former Jaguar, had 74 and is tied for 58th at 218.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Knoxville, Tenn., Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 68 and is tied for second at the News Sentinel Open.
Kisner is one shot behind veteran Kirk Triplett, who also shot 68 and is at 17-under 199.
Former Augusta State golfer Major Manning (68) is tied for 33rd at 207.