Cantlay comes up clutch to beat DeChambeau in playoff at BMW
Clutch down the stretch and for six dynamic playoff holes, Patrick Cantlay put a becoming finish to an epic battle with Bryson DeChambeau by making an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th gap to win the BMW Championship on Sunday.
DeChambeau missed a 6-foot putt for 59 on Friday and missed 4 birdie putts to win in regulation and within the playoff Sunday. After which he missed crucial putt of the week from simply inside 10 ft to increase the playoff. It value him a victory that appeared prefer it was his all alongside.
“Patty Ice” merely would not permit it.
That is the nickname Cantlay heard from hundreds of delirious followers at Caves Valley who obtained a royal deal with within the PGA Tour’s first look in Baltimore in almost 60 years.
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Cantlay lived as much as the moniker over the ultimate two hours.
He made putts from Eight ft for par, Eight ft for bogey and 20 ft for birdie on the ultimate three holes of regulation for a 6-under 66, the final one to drive a playoff. He holed par putts of 6 ft and seven ft on the 18th gap within the playoff.
The final one gave him the victory, his PGA Tour-leading third of the season. Not solely did it transfer him to the highest of the FedEx Cup standings, the victory gave Cantlay the sixth and closing computerized spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup crew.
He would not have been left off, anyway, not with that clutch efficiency.
Cantlay now begins the Tour Championship with a two-shot lead based mostly on his standing because the race concludes for the $15 million prize.
It was a giant disappointment for DeChambeau, who powered his manner round Caves Valley and appeared to have it wrapped up when he birdied the par-5 16th for a one-shot lead, after which watched Cantlay put it within the water on the subsequent gap.
As an alternative, his solely large second was saving par after driving into the stream proper of the 18th fairway on the fourth further gap.
As if the ultimate spherical wasn’t entertaining sufficient, there have been just a few testy moments between the one two gamers who had an opportunity to win all day.
DeChambeau was rolling his eyes when Cantlay marked and studied 2-foot par putts on the entrance 9. Cantlay was strolling up the 14th fairway as DeChambeau ready to hit his strategy when DeChambeau backed off and requested him to cease strolling.
This was a troublesome loss in different methods for DeChambeau, who additionally closed with a 66. They completed at 27-under 261. Nobody has ever shot 261 on the PGA Tour and did not take house the trophy.
Sungjae Im birdied his final two holes for a 67 to complete alone in third, 4 pictures behind. Rory McIlroy closed with a 67 to complete fourth.
DeChambeau a winner lengthy earlier than he prematurely tipped his cap to the gallery strolling as much as the 18th inexperienced in regulation.
He holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th gap, placing a pose of head bowed with arm prolonged in a clenched fist. That gave him a one-shot lead, and Cantlay nonetheless confronted an 8-foot par putt. He made that, an indication of what was to return.
Cantlay’s tee shot on the par-3 17th bounced brief and to the suitable with simply sufficient momentum to roll onto the rock framing the pond and drop into the water.
Match over? Not fairly. Cantlay hit a lob wedge from 100 yards within the drop space to eight ft. DeChambeau hit a poor chip from the tough to 12 ft and two-putted for bogey, and Cantlay got here up clutch once more to make his putt and keep one shot behind.
After which he holed a 20-foot birdie on the 18th, and DeChambeau missed his 12-foot birdie putt for the win to ship it to a playoff.
There was drama throughout Caves Valley, even with no trophy at stake.
Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was 139th within the FedEx Cup three weeks in the past. He received the Barracuda Championship, tied for seventh final week at Liberty Nationwide and closed with a 65 to maneuver into the highest 30 who go to the Tour Championship.
Sergio Garcia is headed again to East Lake for he first time since 2017. He tied for sixth to slip into the highest 30. Max Homa and Charley Hoffman had been bumped out.
Patrick Reed managed to hold on, however solely after Okay.H. Lee made bogey on the 18th that value him a visit to the Tour Championship. If wholesome — Reed has been out with bilateral pneumonia — it no less than offers him an opportunity for one final audition to be a captain’s decide for the Ryder Cup.