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Patrick Cantlay proved his mettle in loss

Updated: August 29, 2011, 7:04 AM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

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Even though Kelly Kraft beat Patrick Cantlay 2 up to take the 111th U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills on Sunday, Cantlay proved why he is the best American player of his generation.

Coming into the week at the 7,760-yard par-72 links-styled layout, the 19-year-old UCLA sophomore was the No. 1 amateur in the world and a proven commodity in pro tournaments. The Pac-10 player of the year was the low amateur at this year's U.S. Open at Congressional, where he finished ...

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