Patrick Cantlay wins the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup with Tour Championship victory

Patrick Cantlay holds off Jon Rahm to win the FedEx Cup

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Sun, 5 Sep 2021

Patrick Cantlay wins the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup with Tour Championship victory

Patrick Cantlay has won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup for the first time in his career following victory at the Tour Championship.

Cantlay, 29, carded a final-round 69 to finish 21-under par and one shot ahead of his playing partner and World No.1 Jon Rahm, who posted a 68. 

Cantlay, who has now won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA Tour and six times in total, collects a cool $15 million first prize for having won the Tour Championship and resulting FedEx Cup. 

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Cantlay started the final round two shots clear on 20-under par and he quickly extended that cushion to three with a birdie at the par-3 2nd. 

The American exchanged a bogey at the 5th with a birdie at the 6th, and he would go out in level-par when making a second bogey of the day at the 9th. 

Cantlay maintained a one-shot lead with pars over the next six holes before firing a stunning approach into five feet at the par-4 16th to move back into a two-shot lead with two holes to play.

Cantlay would open the door for Rahm on the par-4 17th when going long and left with his approach shot, and despite coming up short of the green with his chip shot, managed to salvage a bogey from six feet to take a one-shot lead up the par-5 18th.

Both players would find the fairway off the tee.

Rahm hit a stunning 5-iron straight down the flag and was unlucky to see his ball nestle into the back rough some 20 feet away.

Cantlay then followed suit by striking a superb 6-iron into the heart of the green to 12 feet. 

Rahm needed to hole out for any chance of forcing a playoff but his chip shot agonisingly slipped past the left side of the hole. 

Cantlay was then afforded the luxury of two-putting for birdie and the biggest pay day of his life. 

Kevin Na finished in solo third place on 16-under par, one shot ahead of Justin Thomas. 

Xander Schauffele and Victor Hovland were a further shot back in tied fifth.

Bryson DeChambeau finished solo seventh on 13-under par, two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson in eighth. 

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL LEADERBOARD

-21 P Cantlay (US)
-20 J Rahm (Spa)
-16 K Na (US)
-15 J Thomas (US)
-14 X Schauffele (US), V Hovland (Nor)

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