Cantlay comes up clutch to beat DeChambeau in playoff at BMW

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Patrick Cantlay reacts portion approaching the 8 greenish during the last circular of the BMW Championship play tournament, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, astatine Caves Valley Golf Club successful Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Clutch down the agelong and for six dynamic playoff holes, Patrick Cantlay enactment a fitting extremity to an epic conflict with Bryson DeChambeau by making an 18-foot birdie putt connected the 18th spread to triumph the BMW Championship connected Sunday.

DeChambeau missed a 6-foot putt for 59 connected Friday and missed 4 birdie putts to triumph successful regularisation and successful the playoff Sunday. And past helium missed the astir important putt of the week from conscionable wrong 10 feet to widen the playoff. It outgo him a triumph that looked similar it was his each along.

“Patty Ice” simply wouldn’t let it.

That’s the nickname Cantlay heard from thousands of delirious fans astatine Caves Valley who got a royal dainty successful the PGA Tour’s archetypal quality successful Baltimore successful astir 60 years.

Cantlay lived up to the moniker implicit the last 2 hours.

He made putts from 8 feet for par, 8 feet for bogey and 20 feet for birdie connected the last 3 holes of regularisation for a 6-under 66, the past 1 to unit a playoff. He holed par putts of 6 feet and 7 feet connected the 18th spread successful the playoff.

The past 1 gave him the victory, his PGA Tour-leading 3rd of the season. Not lone did it determination him to the apical of the FedEx Cup standings, the triumph gave Cantlay the sixth and last automatic spot connected the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

He wouldn’t person been near off, anyway, not with that clutch performance.

Cantlay present starts the Tour Championship with a two-shot pb based connected his lasting arsenic the contention concludes for the $15 cardinal prize.

It was a large disappointment for DeChambeau, who powered his mode astir Caves Valley and appeared to person it wrapped up erstwhile helium birdied the par-5 16th for a one-shot lead, and past watched Cantlay enactment it successful the h2o connected the adjacent hole.

Instead, his lone large infinitesimal was redeeming par aft driving into the watercourse close of the 18th fairway connected the 4th other hole.

As if the last circular wasn’t entertaining enough, determination were a fewer testy moments betwixt the lone 2 players who had a accidental to triumph each day.

DeChambeau was rolling his eyes erstwhile Cantlay marked and studied 2-foot par putts connected the beforehand nine. Cantlay was walking up the 14th fairway arsenic DeChambeau prepared to deed his attack erstwhile DeChambeau backed disconnected and asked him to halt walking.

This was a pugnacious nonaccomplishment successful different ways for DeChambeau, who besides closed with a 66. They finished astatine 27-under 261. No 1 has ever changeable 261 connected the PGA Tour and didn’t instrumentality location the trophy.

Sungjae Im birdied his past 2 holes for a 67 to decorativeness unsocial successful third, 4 shots behind. Rory McIlroy closed with a 67 to decorativeness fourth.

DeChambeau looked to beryllium a victor agelong earlier helium prematurely tipped his headdress to the assemblage walking up to the 18th greenish successful regulation.

He holed a 12-foot birdie putt connected the par-5 16th hole, striking a airs of caput bowed with limb extended successful a clenched fist. That gave him a one-shot lead, and Cantlay inactive faced an 8-foot par putt. He made that, a motion of what was to come.

Cantlay’s tee changeable connected the par-3 17th bounced abbreviated and to the close with conscionable capable momentum to rotation onto the stone framing the pond and driblet into the water.

Tournament over? Not quite. Cantlay deed a lob wedge from 100 yards successful the driblet country to 8 feet. DeChambeau deed a mediocre spot from the unsmooth to 12 feet and two-putted for bogey, and Cantlay came up clutch again to marque his putt and enactment 1 changeable behind.

And past helium holed a 20-foot birdie connected the 18th, and DeChambeau missed his 12-foot birdie putt for the triumph to nonstop it to a playoff.

There was play each implicit Caves Valley, adjacent without a trophy astatine stake.

Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was 139th successful the FedEx Cup 3 weeks ago. He won the Barracuda Championship, tied for seventh past week astatine Liberty National and closed with a 65 to determination into the apical 30 who spell to the Tour Championship.

Sergio Garcia is headed backmost to East Lake for helium archetypal clip since 2017. He tied for sixth to descent into the apical 30. Max Homa and Charley Hoffman were bumped out.

Patrick Reed managed to bent on, but lone aft K.H. Lee made bogey connected the 18th that outgo him a travel to the Tour Championship. If steadfast — Reed has been retired with bilateral pneumonia — it astatine slightest gives him a accidental for 1 past audition to beryllium a captain’s prime for the Ryder Cup.

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