Bill Carey
Tuesday June 19th, 2012

Top-ranked amateur golfer Patrick Cantlay is turning pro and signing with Tiger Woods' agent. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Patrick Cantlay, the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world, is turning pro after two seasons of college golf and signing with Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, according to multiple reports.

Cantlay, who just completed his sophomore season at UCLA, finished second in the U.S. Amateur last year and won this year's Ben Hogan Award as the top college and amateur golfer.

He finished tied for 41st at this weekend's U.S. Open.

Because of major changes to the PGA Tour's qualifying school and Nationwide Tour, more underclassmen than usual are expected to turn pro this season, according to one report.

Cantlay shot the lowest-ever PGA Tour round by an amateur at last year's Travelers Championship when he fired a 60. He will make his pro debut at the event this weekend. Cantlay has four top-25 finishes in eight career PGA Tour starts.

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