Jan 25th, 2021
Si Woo Kim wins The American Express
South Korean holds off a charging Patrick Cantlay to win by one
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Cantlay had the set the pace with a scintillating final round course record eleven-under 61 which left a target for Kim of twenty-one-under. The man from South Korea was up to the challenge carding a bogey-free round eight-under 64 and pip Cantlay to the title.
"I knew that Cantlay played really well. So I knew I have a lot of chances on the back nine for birdies, so I tried to keep patient and I believed in myself and I got the chance on 16 and 17 and that's when I could make it and I'm happy with that.," Kim said.
Cantlay had started the day four shots back from the co-leaders Kim, Tony Finau and Max Homa but got off to a fast start with four birdies in his first six holes. A further seven birdies followed including three in the last four holes.
"I know that they still had a bunch of holes left yeah, just still in game mode. You know, they still had a bunch of holes left and, really, I put myself so behind the 8-ball making the cut just on the number," said Cantlay.
"I played unbelievable this weekend I did everything I could, just going to be a shot short."
Cameron Davis of Australia finished in sole ownership of third place on twenty-under-par following a flawless final round of 64 which looked like it might be better after six birdies on the front nine.
Tony Finau, who started the day at the top of the leaderboard, could only find a four-under 68 and finished one back from Davis in fourth place.
Max Homa who had shared the 54 hole lead with Kim and Finau had a day to forget. A final round of 76 saw the American tumble down the board eventually finishing in a tie for twenty-first on eleven-under.
Elsewhere, England's Paul Casey and Francesco Molinari of Italy finished in a tie for eighth place on fourteen-under-par.