Patrick Cantlay is the champion of the BMW Championship. In Owing Mills (USA), with a birdie on the sixth play-off hole the American overtakes compatriot Bryson DeChambeau and celebrates his fifth career success on the Pga Tour. In Maryland, an important victory for the 29-year-old from Long Beach who flies in command of FedEx Cup, climbs from 10 / o to 4 / o place in the world ranking and qualifies for the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin (from 24 to 26 September in the United States). The first player to conquer the third title in the 2020-2021 season of the top US men’s circuit, the Californian will start with the underdogs in the Tour Championship (2-5 September in Atlanta), the last act of the Pga Tour Play-Offs that will crown the king of the FedEx Cup with a jackpot of $ 15,000,000 (out of a total of 60,000,000). The points prepare to be turned into shots with Cantlay starting with ‘-10’, ahead of Tony Finau (-8), DeChambeau (-7), Jon Rahm (-6) and Cameron Smith (-5). The top 30 finishers of the FedEx Cup will be admitted to Atlanta and among these, with the last useful position, Patrick Reed also returned, forced to miss the first two rounds of the Play-Offs (The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship) for a bilateral pneumonia.
Patrick Cantlay, BMW Championship
Returning to the BMW Championship, the one between Cantlay and DeChambeau, on the Caves Valley Golf Club course (par 72), was an arm wrestling that was decided only at over time. A birdie from Cantlay on the 72nd hole (the last regulation) postponed the contest to the playoff. Which was decided at 18 with another feat of the Californian in the sixth additional hole with a putt pocketed from over 5 meters. The success brought Cantlay $ 1,710,000 against a prize pool of $ 9,500,000, allowing him to clear the pass for the next Ryder Cup. After Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, Cantlay (for he will be the debut) is the sixth and last US player to independently qualify for the Wisconsin challenge. With the other six places to complete the team that will be awarded, through 6 ‘wild cards’, by the US captain, Steve Stricker, after the Tour Championship.
At the BMW Championship great regrets for DeChambeau who dominated the second round and also the first nine holes of the third, before being hooked to the top by Cantlay who was then the only one to stand up to him (and to have beaten him) in the fourth. Third position with 265 (-23) for the South Korean Sungjae Im, fourth with 266 (-22) for the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and fifth (267, -21) for the South African Erik Van Rooyen. Sixth place with 268 (-20) for the American Johnson (second in the world ranking) and the Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who with this result qualifies for the Tour Championship. Top 10 and ninth position (270, -18) for another Iberian, Rahm (n.1 in the world), winner of the BMW Championship in 2020. He closes 15 / o with 272 (-16) Finau, champion last week of the The Northern Trust. And now he’s all set for the Tour Championship. There will be 30 contenders for the FedEx Cup. Among them there will be, among others, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, all eliminated.