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2011 US Open: Patrick Cantlay Tops Russell Henley For Low Amateur Honor

With Rory McIlroy's only real Sunday opponent being the record books, one of the few competitive aspects of the 2011 US Open's has been the battle for low amateur honors between Patrick Cantlay of the UCLA Bruins and Russell Henley of the Georgia Bulldogs. Of course, like the rest of the tourney, it didn't stay all that competitive for long.

The two came into Sunday a stroke apart, but Henley struggled throughout his back nine, posting five bogeys on his final 11 holes to finish 4-over for the event, while Cantlay put together a birdie on hole No. 17 to conclude at even par and put himself in contention for a top-20 finish.

It's been an amazing summer for the 18-year-old freshman, who's also won the Nicklaus Award and helped win the Palmer Cup.

Henley split the 2010 lowest amateur score with Scott Langley, and this year ended up with an even better result. It's a sign of how deep this field is, and how good Cantlay is, that Henley outworked himself and still came up short.

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