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Patrick Cantlay is on the lookout for … a hat sponsor (sure, actually)


Patrick Cantlay mocks crowd during Ryder Cup celebration in Marco Simone, Italy.

Patrick Cantlay is available in the market for a brand new hat sponsor.

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Say what you’ll concerning the good of us at Goldman Sachs, however not less than they’ve a humorousness.

On Tuesday morning, the New York Instances reported that Goldman won’t be renewing its sponsorship settlement with Patrick Cantlay after a four-year partnership. In line with the Instances, the financial institution has pivoted away from its consumer-focused on-line banking service “Marcus” in current months, making Cantlay’s sponsorship with the financial institution now not a major focus.

And why, precisely, is Patrick Cantlay’s now-defunct partnership with Goldman Sachs newsworthy info? Effectively, as a result of it leaves him with out a hat sponsor.

Sure, of us, you’re studying that accurately: golf’s most-famed (and maybe notorious) hatless competitor is now available in the market for a hat sponsor.

Golf followers will recall that Cantlay’s headwear selections discovered themselves within the middle of the sports activities world in September, when the 31-year-old’s determination to go hat-free on the Ryder Cup sparked the most important controversy of the match week. After a report from Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Weir implied that Cantlay’s hat determination was, actually, a protest in opposition to participant pay within the Cup, 1000’s of jeering followers spent hours waving their hats in his course in mock assist. Later, a protracted hat-waving celebration from Cantlay’s caddie, Joe LaCava, ignited a feud with European competitor Rory McIlroy.

Cantlay mentioned on the time that he didn’t put on the hat as a result of it didn’t match, however later reporting from Michael Bamberger quoted Cantlay as saying, “I’ll put on the hat once I’m paid to be right here like [PGA of America employee Julius Mason] is.” (In fact, the reality might lie someplace between Cantlay’s bad-fit description to the press and his offhand remark to Golf Channel’s Steve Sands.)

On the time of the incident, many golf followers famous dryly that the true bummer of Cantlay’s scenario was that his hat sponsors at Goldman wouldn’t have the ability to revenue off the elevated airtime. For what it’s price, the Instances report doesn’t point out something about Cantlay’s efficiency within the cut up, pointing as an alternative to Goldman’s current course. The corporate has laid off greater than 4,000 workers in 2023, and its inventory is off by greater than 11 p.c from final 12 months. Cantlay, in the meantime, has ascended into mainstay standing within the World Prime 10 and is contemporary off arguably the very best efficiency of his taking part in profession on the Ryder Cup.

The excellent news? The hat change must be profitable for Cantlay, whose brow is now unquestionably a few of the golf world’s most eligible actual property. That’s, assuming he needs to put on one in any respect.


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James Colgan

Golf.com Editor

James Colgan is a information and options editor at GOLF, writing tales for the web site and journal. He manages the Scorching Mic, GOLF’s media vertical, and makes use of his on-camera expertise throughout the model’s platforms. Previous to becoming a member of GOLF, James graduated from Syracuse College, throughout which era he was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Lengthy Island, the place he’s from. He might be reached at james.colgan@golf.com.



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