Jun 7th, 2021
Cantlay beats Morikawa in playoff at Memorial
Slightly hollow victory as runaway leader Rahm pulls out with COVID
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On Saturday Cantlay had finished six shots behind runaway leader Jon Rahm only to learn that Rahm had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw from the event.
"I would much rather have faced him down today and shot an extremely low round and beat him that way," Cantlay said after his playoff victory over Morikawa.
A birdie at the par five 15th gave Morikawa a one-shot lead and Cantlay missed makable birdie putts at both the 15th and 16th to tie him.
A downpour brought proceedings to a halt for roughly five minutes but when play commenced Cantlay produced the birdie he needed at the 17th to grab a share of the lead.
When both players parred the last it went to extra holes. Both players missed the green at the first playoff hole, the 18th but it was Cantlay who managed to scramble his par, holing from 12 feet.
It is the 29-year-olds fourth PGA Tour victory and the second this season. Cantlay also won the ZoZo Championship in California last October.
Cantlay joins the list of multiple winners of the Memorial a list headed by Tiger Woods who has won the event five times.
Scottie Scheffler finished alone in third on eleven-under with South African Branden Grace one shot further back. Patrick Reed finished fifth on eight-under.