Patrick Cantlay led the 18th hole at East Lake to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup title and the first prize of $ 15 million in Atlanta.
The American reached a close of one under-par 69 to finish at 21 under, one hold ahead of world number one and US Open champion Jon Rahm, who shot a 68.
Winning last week’s BMW Championship final in the PGA Tour final at the end of the season, Cantlay also reached the top of the Fedex Cup standings, meaning he will be 10 under par this season. , two strokes from its closest rival, began under a controversial system adopted in 2019. Cantlay retains the two-stroke advantage after round one, but sees it cut to Rahm after round two to one.
He restored his two-stroke lead over the Spaniard in the final round, with Justin Thomas three strokes back, but the race for the title would always be between the top two.
Cantlay moves three ahead with a birdie on the second, but Rahm closes inside one with a birdie on the fifth because the American has a three-putt bogey. However, it was as close as the Spaniard came. He was inside one again when Cantlay wheeled the 17th, but his birdie on the par-five slot hole was by the American who held the biggest win of his career.
“I just kept telling myself to focus and include, and I did it excellently,” said world number four. “It was definitely different than any other week. It was the longest lead I have ever had. But I was just trying to stay in the present day after day, and I’ve been doing great work this week, because over the last few days, I’ve made some mistakes that I do not normally make, and I was able to really center myself and a very good shots when I needed them. ”
Cantlay’s victory at last week’s BMW Championship earned him one of six qualifying places in the American team at Whistling Straits for the 43rd Ryder Cup. Captain Steve Stricker calls his six game cards on September 8 the European captain Padraig Harrington names his three wildcard picks after concluding the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on 12 September.
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