ATLANTA — Patrick Cantlay delivered the products once more, this time with a 6-iron as a substitute of a putter.
“Patty Ice” was simply as clutch with a $15 million shot that allowed him to carry off Jon Rahm and win the FedEx Cup on Sunday.
In a tense duel with the world’s No. 1 participant, Cantlay had a one-shot lead going to the par-5 18th gap on the Tour Championship when he hit 6-iron from 218 yards to only inside 12 toes, securing the most important victory of his profession.
“Felt like an enormous win, and it was,” Cantlay stated.
Rahm’s shot was equally particular, touchdown subsequent to the outlet on its second bounce however rolling to the sunshine tough past the inexperienced.
With Cantlay in shut, the Spaniard needed to gap the chip to have any likelihood of a playoff. He narrowly missed, and Cantlay safely two-putted for birdie and 1-under 69.
The victory was price $15 million for Cantlay, a 29-year-old Californian whose rise in golf was slowed by a again damage that stored him out for 3 years and almost ended his profession.
Now he has stamped himself among the many elite in golf, boosted by the FedEx Cup postseason.
“It is unbelievable,” Cantlay stated. “It is such a fantastic honor as a result of it is all yr. I performed actually constant all yr and caught fireplace on the finish. There’s a number of satisfaction contemplating all of the work I am put in my complete life.”
Cantlay confirmed outstanding grit in surviving a six-hole playoff to beat Bryson DeChambeau within the BMW Championship final week to take the No. 1 seed and a two-shot result in begin the Tour Championship. He by no means flinched over 4 days at East Lake.
Rahm, who began the match 4 photographs behind and went into the ultimate day two again, by no means caught Cantlay. He by no means let Cantlay breathe straightforward, both.
Cantlay took a two-shot lead with an strategy to six toes for birdie on the seventeenth gap, after which almost misplaced all of it. He drove to the appropriate on the seventeenth, clipping a tree and dropping down into deep tough, after which hit a flyer over the inexperienced and the gallery. His pitch again to the inexperienced got here up quick and into extra deep tough, and he needed to make a 6-footer to avoid wasting bogey and keep forward.
With Rahm effectively down the 18th fairway, Cantlay hit his greatest drive of the day, rolling out 361 yards that arrange a 6-iron he felt he wanted to hit shut.
Rahm was bogey-free during the last 28 holes, however he solely cashed in on two birdies. He closed with a 68 and tied with Kevin Na for the 72-hole rating of the match at 14-under 266. They are going to cut up factors towards the world rating.
Cantlay began at 10 underneath par and completed at 21 underneath.
“Patrick performed nice golf, and he was 4 photographs forward of me. And although I may need been the higher man over the week, he earned it,” Rahm stated. “That up-and-down after lacking from 17, the second shot from 18 to virtually make it’s much more spectacular.
“I believe you possibly can say he gained this.”
Rahm earned the $5 million comfort prize for ending second within the FedEx Cup, whereas Na (67) picked up $4 million. Justin Thomas (70) birdied the final gap to complete fourth, which was price $4 million.
This was about greater than cash for Cantlay.
He gained for the fourth time this season — a kind of on the Memorial, when Rahm needed to withdraw after constructing a six-shot lead after 54 holes due to a constructive COVID-19 check outcomes — and nobody else gained greater than twice.
That figures to make him a front-runner for PGA Tour Participant of the Yr, with Rahm (U.S. Open title, No. 1 rating) and Collin Morikawa (British Open, World Golf Championship title), additionally more likely to be on the poll.