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Cantlay wins Tour Championship & FedEx Cup

Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay went on record a few weeks ago stating that he did not like the current format that is used to decide the Tour Championship.

Cantlay might not have liked the format as he won the Tour Championship on Sunday, capturing the FedEx Cup as well.

Because of a championship last weekend at the BMW Championship, Cantlay was able to begin this weekend with a lead, and it was one that he would not relinquish. Cantlay was able to outlast Bryson DeChambeau last weekend in a six-hole playoff, and he carried that momentum into the Tour Championship.

By winning the FedEx Cup, Cantlay earned a $15 million payday and also cemented his name as one of the top golfers in the world. Cantlay was awarded $14 million in cash on Sunday, and the other $1 million comes in the form of deferred money.

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The biggest challenger to Canlay on Sunday was Jon Rahm, who has arguably been the best golfer in the world this year. Rahm began Sunday just two shots back of Cantlay after starting the weekend trailing by four strokes.

The lead shrunk down to just one stroke after Cantlay made a bogey on the 17th hole, and Rahm kept the pressure on by hitting his drive into the middle of the fairway. Cantlay followed that up by blasting a drive 361 yards and then hit his approach shot within 12 feet of the hole.

Rahm could not chip in for eagle from just off the green, allowing Cantlay to two-putt for the championship. The 29-year-old from California has been trending in the right direction but couldn’t break through until this season.

Cantlay won four tournaments this year, and no other golfer won more than two events. One of the victories came at The Memorial after Rahm was forced to withdraw due to COVID-19 but had built up a six-stroke lead.

Rahm Wins Vardon Trophy

Rahm was able to keep the pressure on Cantlay this weekend, but he just couldn’t make enough birdies to close the gap. The number 1 ranked golfer in the world played the final 28 holes without a bogey, but the lack of scoring kept him from winning the event.

Rahm won the Vardon Trophy this season for the lowest adjusted scoring average, but he missed out on big money this weekend. It was an interesting year for Rahm, one in which we saw him test positive for COVID-19 twice.

By earning second place at the Tour Championship, Rahm received a payout of $5 million. For a few-week stretch earlier this year, it appeared that no other golfer would be able to beat Rahm to win the FedEx Championship.

Rahm did tie Kevin Na for the lowest score during the tournament, but he just wasn’t unable to overcome the deficit that he was dealt. Both Rahm and Cantlay are expected to be in the mix for the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award.

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