Cantlay holds on to claim FedEx Cup prize

06 September 2021 18:55:34 GMTPlus11
Cantlay holds his nerve

American Patrick Cantlay kept his composure and birdied the 18th hole to win the Tour Championship, FedEx Cup title and £10.9m first prize in Atlanta.

The world number four finished the final round with a one-under-par 69 to finish on 21-under as he beat world number one Jon Rahm by one shot. The pair are now set to go head-to-head in the Ryder Cup, with the USA 1.10 to win, the draw is currently 26.00, while Europe are 11.00 to get their hands on the trophy once again.

Cantlay started the Tour Championship at East Lake on 10-under par, after winning last week's BMW Championship in the PGA Tour's end-of-season play-offs.

His win at the BMW Championship earned him one of the six qualification spots in the US team at Whistling Straits for the 43rd Ryder Cup, which takes place between 24-26 September.

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Cantlay and Rahm ended up fighting it out at the top of the leaderboard on their own, with Kevin Na claiming third place on 16-under. Justin Thomas finished one shot further back in fourth, while Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland shared fifth.

Cantlay looks ahead to Ryder Cup

The day and weekend belonged to Cantlay, though, and he says his battle with Rahm is great practice for the Ryder Cup.

He told reporters: "We distanced ourselves from the field, and it was like a one-on-one matchplay feel, and I think it will be great practice for the Ryder Cup.

"I just kept telling myself to focus and lock in, and I did a great job of that. It was definitely different than any other week. It was the longest lead I've ever held.

"But I just tried to stay, day after day in the present, and I did an amazing job of that this week because the last couple days I made some mistakes I don't usually make, and I was able to really centre myself and hit a lot of good shots when I needed to."

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