Patrick Cantlay, after a late surge fueled by a birdie, will return to East Lake to defend his FedExCup title.
A birdie putt by Cantlay at the 17th hole was the difference between Cantlay and Scott Stallings, who tied for first place going into the final round of the BMW Championship at Wilmington Country Club on Sunday. His second victory of the year moved him up to second place in the FedExCup standings with just one tournament left to play.
They are the first person to successfully defend a title in the #FedExCup Playoffs.
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Now that Cantlay has won the BMW Championship for a record-tying second time in a row, he becomes the first player in playoff history to successfully defend his title. If he wins next week in Atlanta, he will become the first player in PGA Tour history to win back-to-back FedExCup titles.
A one-shot lead for Cantlay on Sunday quickly evaporated after he made a pair of bogeys near the turn. Cantlay didn’t get on the board again until the 11th hole, when he made a birdie with a difficult up-and-down. The next hole, a par-5, he came within inches of making eagle, putting him back in a tie for the lead with Stallings.
Cantlay regained the lead on the 17th hole. Cantlay’s drive on the par-4 landed about 65 yards from the green after an unbelievable bounce, but he expertly spun his approach shot back to within a few feet of the cup, setting up the birdie putt that sent him to the 18th hole with a one-shot lead.
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Cantlay’s approach shot to the 18th green put him in position for a two-putt par and a one-shot victory despite the fact that his drive had ended up in a fairway bunker.
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Xander Schauffele and Scottie Scheffler tied for third place at 11 under, while Stallings finished in second place by himself at 13 under for the week.
After winning the Zurich Championship of New Orleans, Cantlay now has eight PGA Tour victories under his belt and eleven top-10 finishes in 2018.
Scott Stallings has made it to the Tour Championship with his stellar play.
While Scott Stallings was unable to win on Sunday, his strong performance in Delaware propelled him up the FedExCup standings and into next week’s event at East Lake.
Stallings, who entered the week ranked No. 46, finished the week ranked No. 12, easily earning him a spot in the Tour Championship. Stallings moved up the rankings by a total of 34 positions.
Stallings has had quite a run of form in recent weeks, despite the fact that he hasn’t won on Tour since 2014. Stallings finished T13 at the season-ending Wyndham Championship after a pair of top-10 finishes at the Travelers Championship and the John Deere Classic. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open in June.
After missing the cut at last week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship, he managed to sneak into the second playoff event.
Stallings, who shot 66 on Saturday to sit one shot behind Cantlay at 11 under par, tied for the lead after the back nine with two birdies and a bogey. On the last green, he had a chance to take the lead by himself, but his putt missed by inches, giving him a final round score of 69 and a tie for second place.
Stallings said, “That was the biggest goal of the year, to make it to the Tour Championship.” To compete with the best players in the world and make it to East Lake [now] was better late than never, I guess. I had a very in-depth conversation with all the guys I work with in Napa to figure out what it was going to take, some tweaks in my game to do the things I need to do. However, I am ecstatic about how caddie John Yarbrough and I handled the final stretch and how well we executed our strategy. I am also looking forward to next week.
At the Tour Championship, where will Patrick Cantlay be seeded?
Cantlay is in fantastic shape to defend his East Lake title after moving up to second in the FedExCup standings with his victory on Sunday.
On Thursday in Atlanta, Cantlay will tee off at 8 under par, putting him only two strokes behind the leader, Scottie Scheffler. As a result of his withdrawal this week due to a back injury, Will Zalatoris will finish in third place at 7 under par.
A look at the current Tour Championship standings:
Scottie Scheffler, No. 1 (-10)
Second, Patrick Cantlay (-8)
Zalatoris, Will (-7)
Xander Schauffele, number 4. (-6)
#5 Sam Burns (-5)
#6 Cameron Smith (-4)
Tie #6: Rory McIlroy (-4)
Position Six: Tony Finau (-4)
S6. Sepp Straka (-4)
6th Place: Sungjae Im (-4)
The 30th and final place in the standings was claimed by Aaron Wise. At the number 31 spot, Shane Lowry was the first man eliminated.
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