Among the things Patrick Cantlay understands about himself is how he comes across to others.
Or, in some cases, doesn’t come across to others.
Cantlay, who was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his peers, picked up his “Patty Ice” nickname during the playoffs not just because of how he played under pressure but how he reacted or, more accurately, how he didn’t react in some of the season’s biggest moments.
“To be perfectly honest, I really am just so focused on what I need to do that I almost, by the time I'm there picking the ball up out of the hole, I even forget that I'm supposed to have done a fist pump or anything like that,” Cantlay said.
“If you're watching me out there, it's very authentic. I'm not adding any extra or pulling any less out of my reaction. So if I do have a reaction, it's completely natural because sometimes I'll find myself and say, ‘Man, you really should have done something after a putt like that.’ But I was just so focused on trying to hit the best putt I could that I forgot about an...
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