Cantlay brings Rahm and Thomas to the Zozo title
By Keith Jackson
Last update: 10/26/20 12:42 AM
Patrick Cantlay took his third PGA Tour title
Patrick Cantlay staged Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas as Final Round 65 and earned him a one-shot win at the Zozo Championship.
The final day at Sherwood Country Club was billed as an overnight head-to-head shoot-out between world number 3 and front runner Thomas against world number 2, Rahm.
Jon Rahm missed the title and world no. 1 status
There was another blow to Rahm in the end when, after the birdie putt he needed to force additional holes failed to pace and drifted to the right of the cup, Thomas punched a four-footer for a closing three that holed the Spaniard prevented Dustin from dethroning Johnson as the world's No. 1.
Cantlay wasted little time taking the birdie, making three on the first four holes and taking another 30 feet for another on the sixth, and making another good putt for three on the ninth after a bad tee hit him had bogey at eight.
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With Rahm, Thomas and Lanto Griffin scrambling to create birdie chances behind them, Cantlay kept the pressure on, pushing three off the field as he shot another four shots in five holes from the 11th and saw another probably looking like he had praised -Wedge in hand off the fairway for his third to par-five 16th.
But he opened the door for Rahm and Thomas when he broke off his approach and pulled them to the left. His ball hit a tree and fell into a lie buried in the rough, from where it took him three more to come down for bogey.
Cantlay finished with a nine-birdie 65
Cantlay regrouped to close with a pair of cast iron pars and place 23 under par in the clubhouse, and Rahm only needed a birdie over the last two holes to match what had recovered at 12 and 13 from two bogeys four on the long 16th.
However, the Spaniard was a little too aggressive with his 15-foot putt on the penultimate green and too cautious with his 20-foot putt to leave Cantlay and celebrate his third PGA Tour title and first since winning The Memorial in June last year.
Justin Thomas boggled three of the first six holes but didn't do another until the 18th
Rahm needed a win or a second solo spot to replace the absent at the top of the world rankings, but Thomas denied that honor when he ended a tough day on a bright note and with a fourth birdie of the round from four feet up The previous three all come over the first six holes.
Thomas followed Cantlay by one when he shortened to 15 with a dragged tee shot and couldn't go up and down, and his attempt to hit the 16th green in two ended poorly when he blocked his second into the water despite him did well to throw at five feet and rattle the putt to save Par.
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The overnight leader only missed a two on the 17th and his final birdie scored a 69 and secured second place with Rahm. Bubba Watson was preparing for a hat-trick of Masters titles with a draw from fourth after a pair of 68s over the weekend.
Rory McIlroy promised to fix the mistakes when he arrives at Augusta National for the Masters next month. He ended up 15 under and outside the top 15, despite scoring the top 29 birdies of his career over 72 holes.
And Tiger Woods (74) and long-time rival Phil Mickelson (78) could hardly be happy on the last day when they finished fourth from last and last place.