Bryson de Chambeau failed four putts to win the title. Patrick Cantlay won the BMW Championship, scoring a birdie at Caves Valley in Baltimore.
Last updated: 31/08/21 at 12:38am
Patrick Cantlay won a thrilling duel against Bryson deChambeau in the BMW Championship play-off.
The outcome of the Arnold Palmer Invitational was decided by six more holes. DeChambeau missed four chances to win his first title, but Cantlay put together one of the best putting performances in the tournament’s history.
Cantlay and DeChambeau had previously continued their birdie attacks on the near-defenceless Caves Valley layout. Both shot final round 66s, posting a stunning leading score of 27 below par.
The tournament became a race between the two top players, as Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were unable to catch up with Sungjae im. Cantlay gained the lead early, when he birdied four holes in a row to take a two shot lead.
DeChambeau cut the gap to half with a birdie of six at six. The lead was changed around the turn when Cantlay lost a shot at ninth, before Cantlay birdied the 10th. This is the third consecutive win for Cantlay.
Cantlay matched DeChambeau’s birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th. He pulled even again with a 20-foot putt to make it a three at 14.
DeChambeau made the decisive birdie on the 16th. Cantlay managed to make a scrambled par-five, but he was unable to hit a tee shot for the 17th.
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He continued his remarkable form on the greens as he putted in a great putt for Bogey that was good enough to halves the hole. DeChambeau dropped his first shot after a bad pitch.
DeChambeau was the only one with the trophy. He drove a 334 yard drive to the end, followed by a flip of a wedge to 12ft. Cantlay was 20ft away.
Cantlay rose to the top after hitting a second-rate putt from the rough. He then put in his eight birdie to bring his total to 27 under. DeChambeau’s shot for the win was left of target.
They went back to the 18th hole and DeChambeau did the same thing, although his putt for victory this time was slightly shorter than Cantlay’s approach, which was six feet from the green.
Cantlay continued the contest with his metronomic precision with the putter. However, he caught another seven-iron heavy at the 18th fairway just a few seconds later. DeChambeau nearly took the pin with a smooth wedge that spun to five feet.
Cantlay missed his birdie putt at close to 50 yards, but he maintained pressure on his opponent and rapped the putt. DeChambeau had missed another putt in similar range in round 2, so he pulled his birdie attempt left again.
They traded pars on the 17th. DeChambeau missed his 15-footer to win the victory. His frustration grew further when he stopped his drive at the 18th. DeChambeau was unable to get his ball back and it bounced in the stream.
After Cantlay had hit a second-to-25 foot safe shot, DeChambeau found his balance and pitched his third putt. He converted the putt to save Cantlay’s par.
At the 17th DeChambeau drove a 186 yard wedge to six feet. Cantlay hit an eight-iron to half of that distance. After four holes, Cantlay and DeChambeau were unable to make a birdie putt.
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DeChambeau, with light diminishing, was once again closer to the pair on the sixth hole, the 18th. Cantlay managed a flawless 15-foot putt to birdie. That proved sufficient to win when DeChambeau’s 10-foot putt slid past it to the right.
Cantlay won his second victory of the season, having defeated Collin Morikawa at The Memorial in June. He also topped the FedExCup standings and can now look forward to playing next week’s Tour Championship with 10 under par. Tony Finau is two shots behind him.
Publiated at Sun 29 August 2021 23.45:29 (+0000).