Atlanta — Patrick Cantlay, who got off to a good start, proved uncaptured in the end-of-season Tour Championship.
Cantlay started the week with 10 under pars and reached 21 under pars, one stroke behind the tour championship to win the FedEx Cup at the East Lake Golf Club, 72 holes in the world’s number one Spain, Jon Rahm. I didn’t break it in a row. Cantlay and Cantlay have dueled in the last three days as Cantlay whistled in the deficit of the first four shots, but even Cantlay couldn’t pull.
Cantlay’s lead saved Bogey from 6 feet in just one stroke after converting a par after Ram missed an 11-foot putt for a birdie on the 17th hole. With $ 15 million in the FedEx Cup, both players aimed at the flag of the 18th hole in par 5.
Ram’s approach from 238 yards skipped within an inch of the flagpole and deployed the hole just above the apron, 18 feet past.
Cantlay stepped up to deliver a 6-iron from 218 yards, which rolled 11 feet before the hole. This is the closest eagle chance of the day. When Ram’s Eagle Chip attempt slipped through the cup, Cantlay only had to delay it to 6 inches to make a birdie and ensure his victory.
“I was the longest lead I’ve ever had, but now I’m trying to stay every day. I’ve made mistakes in the last few days so I’ve done a great job this week. I was able to stand and hit a lot of good shots when I needed them, “Cantlay said.
“I’ve been playing consistently all year round and it’s been a great honor to have been on fire for the last few weeks.”
With 18 events played by both Cantlay and Ram this season, Ram finished ahead of Cantlay with 14 strokes, including this week. However, Ram’s 14-under effort on the track wasn’t enough to overcome the four-shot cushion that Cantlay started on Thursday. Third-place finishers Ram and Kevin Na shared the lowest gross score, but neither was enough to completely fill the ground with Cantlay. Justin Thomas finished in 4th place.
Cantlay started a two-up in Lahm on Sunday and quickly extended his lead to 3 with a birdie on the second hole. But when Cantlay made a turn after bogging a par 3 9th hole, his advantage was in a narrow stroke.
Cantlay had a great chance to climb two on the 13th, but his 4-foot birdie putt turned 90 degrees around the lip and went out. Cantlay, who set a record for the PGA Tour with his putt-winning stroke (14.68) at the BMW Championship in Maryland last week, was surprised to find that he made a 537-foot putt, including all stretch-related putts. It was a mistake.
The hiccups didn’t last long as he filled a 4, 6 and 6 foot putt for pars, birdies and bogies on the 15th, 16th and 17th and took a one-shot lead to the 18th tee on par 5.
“We were away from the field. It was like a one-on-one match play feel,” Cantlay said.
Cantlay finally emerged as a force that seemed destined for him to take the tour. Ten years ago, as a freshman at UCLA, Cantlay was promoted to the top of the amateur and college ranks, winning four tournaments and dominating all Prestige awards. He was ranked as the number one amateur in the world for 54 consecutive weeks, ranking 55 overall. This is the standard that was maintained until it was broken by Ram in 2016. He then abandoned the last two years of college qualification and chose to turn professional in 2012, shortly thereafter. Insist on a silver medal for low amateurs at the Masters.
Given that amateur Cantlay set the lowest-scoring amateur record on the PGA Tour when he finished in 24th place and shot 60 at the 2011 US Open, including 21st place tie, the first four tours started. It seemed like a wise step when you think about it. At the Travelers Championship.
Cantlay was thought not to be missed.
But neither golf nor life is that simple. The combination of physical and emotional trauma shaped the early development of Cantlay. His stress fractures in the lower back upset his transition from almost the beginning, affecting his progress for four years, two of which (2015 and 2016) were completely off duty. During that period, his best friend and caddy, Chris Ross, died in his arms after hit-and-run while crossing a road in Newport Beach, California in 2016.
“I think it’s as tough as it was in a tough time, but they changed me to me,” Cantlay said. “I’m a better person thanks to that, and I thank all the people who really helped me get through that time and take me to the other side.”
After returning to competition in 2017 and regaining the cards, Cantlay is steadily present. He won the first PGA Tour event in Las Vegas at the end of 2017 and hasn’t been out of the top 50 in the world ever since. He was consistently around the top ten before his playoff win at the BMW Championship last week against Bryson DeChambeau pushed him to the top four of his career.
On the other side of the field, Joaquín Niemann played alone after Brooks Koepka was injured and withdrew in the middle of Saturday. Niemann decided to break Na’s record of playing 18 holes in 1 hour and 59 minutes during the East Lake Tour Championship.Running with his caddy, Niemann shot at 72 1:54 And it finished in 29th place.
“When I was a kid, I liked athletics in high school, but now I don’t like it,” he said. “I don’t like running. I just did it for fun and it was a lot of fun.”