Sep 6th, 2021
Patrick Cantlay wins the 2021 FedEx Cup
American goes wire-to-wire in Atlanta to scoop a cool $15 million
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Cantlay closed with a one-under 69 at East Lake to finish twenty-one-under-par, a shot ahead of US Open champion Rahm, who carded a final round of 68.
"Yeah, it was fantastic. You know, as good as it felt to feel like I slept on the lead for two straight weeks darned near, it feels good to not necessarily have the lead anymore and be done and closed out," said Cantlay after the victory.
Under the complicated system introduced in 2019, Cantlay started the event at ten-under-par, two clear of second-place Tony Finau, three ahead of Bryson DeChambeau and most importantly, four ahead of Rahm who sat in fourth place on the FedEx standings.
Cantlay, courtesy of his steady play and hot putter, was never passed on the leaderboard and when he birdied the 16th on Sunday, he was two clear of Rahm. A clutch putt from six feet for a bogey at the 17th cut the lead to just one going down the par five 18th.
When Rahm found the fringe of the green with his second shot, Cantlay knew he would need at least a birdie for glory. However, a huge drive left the American with only a mid-iron which he hit to eleven feet. After Rahm just missed his eagle chip Cantlay took the two putts for the title, tapping in from six inches.
"I thought I did a good job of keeping the ball in front of me. I drove the ball very well all day. Didn't hit a good shot on the tee on 17. But actually made a really nice bogey, to be honest," said Catlay.
"Hit two absolutely perfect golf shots into the 18th hole and under the gun, I thought it was great."
Rahm had his opportunities coming down the stretch but could not convert them; however, he was quick to praise Cantlay's performance.
"Patrick played great golf, and he was four shots ahead of me, and even though I might have been the better man over the week, he earned it," said Rahm.
"He played amazing. That up-and-down after missing from 17, the second shot from 18 to almost make it is even more impressive. I think you can say he won this. He played amazing golf."
Kevin Na closed with a 67 to finish alone in third on sixteen-under-par, with Justin Thomas a further shot back in fourth following a round of 70.
Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele birdied the last four holes to shoot the lowest round of the week 64, which launched him up into a share for fifth alongside Viktor Hovland of Norway.
Bryson DeChambeau ended with a 66 to finish alone in seventh on thirteen-under two shots ahead of defending FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson who closed with a 67 to finish at eleven-under.