Cantlay sticks to his game plan

03 September 2021 18:25:46 GMTPlus11
Patrick Cantlay is happy with his approach

World number four Patrick Cantlay says he will not change his way of playing this week after maintaining his two-stroke advantage on day one of the season-ending Tour Championship.

The American shot a solid three-under-par 67 to move onto -13 for the tournament, having started the event on -10 after topping the FedEx Cup rankings, and he is 1.03 to triumph at East Lake GC, with Jon Rahm available at 15.00.

I'm going to stick to my game plan and I'm going to take what the golf course gives me.

Patrick Cantlay

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Victory in Atlanta would also see the 29-year-old crowned FedEx Cup champion, which brings about a cool $15million bonus and a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

Cantlay made four birdies and one bogey during his opening round on Thursday and he currently sits two strokes ahead of Spaniard Rahm, who signed for a 65 to move right into contention.

US pair Harris English and Bryson DeChambeau are both on -8, five off the pace, while compatriot Justin Thomas, Australian Cameron Smith and Norwegian Viktor Hovland are all a further stroke back on -7.

Cantlay confident with his method

Cantlay is in a strong position after the opening 18 holes and he insists the game plan used on Thursday will be repeated throughout the next three days of action at East Lake.

"What goals I really have for this week are being process-oriented and being very present," he told reporters.

"I think being in the spot that I'm in, it would be easy to get ahead of yourself and easy to maybe stray from your game plan, because you feel like you're ahead, and that's just not helpful.

"So I'm not going to do that. I'm going to stay present and I'm going to stick to my game plan and I'm going to take what the golf course gives me."

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