Patrick Cantlay successfully defended his BMW championship title after a hard-fought final race in Delaware.
Cantlay shagged on the 17th after his drive ricocheted over a fairway bunker, and despite finding sand on the 18th, the world No.
The tap-in par gave Cantlay a final round of 69 and a 14-under aggregate win, with fellow countryman Scott Stallings also carding a 69 to finish 13-under.
“I hit a lot of solid shots and then got a couple of good breaks,” Cantlay said in an interview broadcast on Sky Sports after the round.
“Obviously I didn’t expect that break on the 17th and it was really great for me to take advantage of it. I’ve played a lot of great golf this week and I’m happy to come out of here with the win.”
Cantlay’s triumph means he begins next week’s season-ending Tour Championship second in the FedEx Cup standings and eight-under par, two shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler under the controversial handicap system introduced in 2019 becomes.
Scheffler was third with Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele with 11 under.
Rory McIlroy will be teeing off with Four Under in Atlanta after a final round of 69 that included birdies on his final three holes gave the four-time major winner a share of eighth place at Wilmington Country Club.
However, McIlroy’s Ryder Cup teammate Shane Lowry sorely missed out on a spot in the field of 30 at East Lake after a final lap of 68.
The former Open champion appeared to qualify after his fifth birdie of the day on the 14th, but on the 17th he made a 3-putt for a costly bogey.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/patrick-cantlay-shane-lowry-xander-schauffele-scottie-scheffler-rory-mcilroy-b2149712.html Patrick Cantlay defends the BMW championship title after a hard-fought finale