All that mattered was winning at Wilmington Country Club, but he needed a little help.
He was tied for the lead on the 420-yard 17th hole when he decided to hit the driver, and he feared he was stuck in a series of bunkers on the right side. But the ball landed before the last under, took a big leap across the sand and tumbled through the first cut and into the fairway just 64 yards from the hole.
Cantlay hit a spinner that jumped and stopped 5 feet from the flag, drilled the birdie putt for the lead, then found the green on No. 18 from a fairway bunker.
A year ago, he made one clutch putt after another about an hour on the road in Caves Valley and beat Bryson DeChambeau. That gave him the top seed in the Tour Championship, which comes with a two-stroke margin going into the tournament, and Cantlay clinched the FedEx Cup and its $18 million prize money with a one-stroke win. on Jon Rahm.
This time he enters the FedEx Cup Finals as the No. 2 seed, which means he will start next week two strokes behind Masters champion Scottie Scheffler.
Scheffler put in a late charge with three birdies in a four hole and was one shot down. But he missed a par 4-foot putt on the final hole for a 70.
PARAMUS, NJ – Texas A&M senior Sam Bennett won the US Amateur, taking a 5 lead over Ben Carr and maintaining a 1 win at Ridgewood Country Club.
Bennett is No. 3 in the world amateur rankings and had to pass three consecutive top-10 ranked players to reach the championship game.
Bennett led 3 after the first 18 holes and won two more holes early in the afternoon to take control. Carr continued to pull away and shot a holeshot with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th.
Needing to win the 18th to extend the game, Carr missed the fairway to the right and missed. It chipped at 8 feet. Bennett was on the green and had two 12-foot putts to win. He fell a few centimeters behind for the win.
Bennett is exempt from the Masters, US Open and British Open next year.
BOISE, Idaho — Will Gordon won the Albertsons Boise Open to wrap up a PGA Tour card in the opener of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, beating MJ Daffue and Philip Knowles with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Gordon closed with an 8-under 63 to tie Daffue (65) and Knowles (70) at 21-under 263 at Hillcrest Country Club. Daffue and Knowles had a double bogey in the playoffs.
Knowles also packed a PGA Tour card. Daffue has already earned a PGA Tour card thanks to the regular season points list.
ENDICOTT, NY — Padraig Harrington won the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open for his second PGA Tour Champions of the Year victory.
Harrington finished with a 5-under 67 at En-Joie Golf Club for a three-stroke victory over Mike Weir and Thongchai Jaidee.
One shot behind Weir at the start of the day, Harrington birdied Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12 in a bogey-free round to finish at 16 under 200.
The 50-year-old Irishman won the US Senior Open at the end of June in Saucon Valley. He also has four second-place finishes and a tie for third in 11 starts this year.
Weir shot a 71 and Thongchai a 66.
VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic — Maximilian Kieffer finished with a 6-under 66 to win the Czech Masters in the rain for his first title on the European tour.
Kieffer finished a shot ahead of overnight leader Gavin Green at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague with a 16-under 200 total.
Play had been suspended for the day on Saturday after the course was flooded following heavy rain shortly after the start of the third round. The round resumed on Sunday with the tournament decided over 54 holes.
The first trophy for Kieffer, 32, came after four second-place finishes on the tour. He also became the first German to win a regular European tour since Marcel Siem won the 2014 BMW Masters in Shanghai.
Parker Coody ran away with the Manitoba Open for his first PGA Tour Canada, closing with a 5-under 67 for an eight-stroke victory. Coody, the grandson of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody, finished 27-under 261 at Southwood Golf and Country Club. Coody teamed with his twin brother Pierceson to help Texas win the NCAA tag team title in June. Pierceson also won the Korn Ferry Tour event in Maine in June. … Taehoon Ok closed with a 3-under 68 for a Bio Kim one-shot win in the International-Korea Series on the Asian Tour. … Hiroshi Iwata had a 5-under 67 for a one-shot win over Tomoharu Otsuki in the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup. It was his fourth career win on the Japan Golf Tour. … Emilio Cuartero Blanco eagled on the 16th hole and closed with a birdie for a 5-under 67 to rally to a one-stroke win over Jeremy Freiburghaus at Sweden’s Dormy Open on the Challenge Tour. … Phillip Price of Wales won the Irish Legends by finishing with an even par of 71 for a one-shot victory over Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden on the Legends Tour in Europe. …Albert Venter had par 71 and sailed to a six-stroke victory in the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. … Chisato Iwai finished with a 2-under 70 and won the CAT Ladies on the LPGA of Japan by a stroke over Miyuu Yamashita. …Jin Seon Han had a 68 and won the High1 Resort Ladies Open by two strokes on the Korea LPGA.
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