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Pro Bruin Rundown: Patrick Cantlay takes 2nd at Phoenix Open, Zach LaVine plays in All-Star Game

Patrick Cantlay swings his club. The former UCLA men’s golfer placed second at the Phoenix Open on Feb. 13. (Courtesy of Don Liebig)

By Jay Fenn

Feb. 21, 2022 1:36 p.m.

Sports are in full swing all year long – from the prep level to the professional ranks. Each Monday, Daily Bruin Sports will highlight a few moments from former UCLA greats over the past week.

Men’s golf: Patrick Cantlay

A former Bruin came up short in a three-hole playoff.

Patrick Cantlay – who played two seasons with UCLA men’s golf – finished as the runner-up to Scottie Scheffler in the Phoenix Open on Feb. 13 after the latter sunk a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole.

Cantlay – who shot a bogey-free 67 in the final round – finished the tournament at 16-under 268. The world No. 3 missed an 11-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole with a chance to clinch the win.

The 2021 FedEx Cup winner starred at UCLA from 2010 to 2012, winning multiple honors, including the Fred Haskins Award – awarded to most outstanding male collegiate golfer – and the Jack Nicklaus Award in 2011.

Besides his four tournament wins while donning the blue and gold, Cantlay also holds the all-time UCLA record for career scoring average at 70.8. The 29-year-old also holds the season record for most rounds in the 60s, with 17 such performances in the 2010-2011 season.

Men’s basketball: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine returned from a knee injury to play in the NBA All-Star Game.

The former first-round draft pick out of UCLA missed the last three games for the Chicago Bulls leading up to NBA All-Star Weekend but elected to participate in his second All-Star Game Sunday.

LaVine, who is averaging 24.6 points per game for the Eastern Conference second-place Bulls, scored 12 points in his return to the court. The 26-year-old also participated in his third 3-point contest but was eliminated in the first round.

However, LaVine chose not to participate in this year’s Slam Dunk contest – an event he won in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016.

LaVine came to UCLA out of Washington and called Westwood home for one year. During the 2013-2014 season, he was voted to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team while averaging 9.4 points per game.

Men’s basketball: Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers

An NBA champion’s season might be in jeopardy.

Norman Powell – who won an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors in 2019 – was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 4.

The former Bruin made an impact from the get-go, logging 28 points and four assists in his Clipper debut. However, less than two weeks later, Powell fractured a bone in his left foot and will be out indefinitely.

Unlike LaVine, Powell played at UCLA for four seasons, culminating in First-team All-Pac-12 honors his senior season in 2014-2015. During that final season with the Bruins, Powell averaged 16.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead the blue and gold to a second straight Sweet 16 appearance.

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Jay Fenn | Sports staff
Fenn is currently a Sports staffer on the baseball beat. He was previously a reporter on the women's soccer beat and a contributor on the beach volleyball and men's and women's golf beats.
Fenn is currently a Sports staffer on the baseball beat. He was previously a reporter on the women's soccer beat and a contributor on the beach volleyball and men's and women's golf beats.
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