Cantlay Plays It Cool To Win FedEx Cup
Patrick Cantlay is a man long known for his razor-sharp focus. Hence his nickname, Patty Ice, in reference to his incredible ability to remain cool, calm, and collected, even when the pressure is turned on.
PGA Tour Championship analysts covering Sunday’s action kept on commenting on the pro-golfer’s composure – and its undoubtedly this unshakeable ability to keep his wits about him that led to his holding on to the incredible $15 million in prize money, not to mention the coveted FedEx Cup.
But that’s not to say he wasn’t as clearly tense as ever as he lived his biggest moment of the day on Sunday, with the US golfer only just managing to pip opponent Jon Rahm to the victory post from a nail-biting 6-foot bogey putt on the 17th hole. This saw him only just remaining ahead of Rahm – and by only as much as a single point.
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Cantlay Makes Magic Happen
His performance on the number 17 led to an advantage by a small margin as the men head for the 18th hole at East Lake. By the time Rahm had already reached the fairway, Cantlay had no other option but to pull out all the stops – and pull out all the stops he certainly did.
While Cantlay proved pure magic to watch all week leading up to Sunday’s final-day action, what would ultimately earn him the Cup, the prize money, and the honour, would be the longest drive of the competition – a cool and impressive 361 yards down the middle.
By the time it came to the final shot needed to clinch the victory, what remained would be a 6-iron driven 218 yards to 12 feet away – which was the closest of any of the shots played by anybody all day.
And needless to say, it worked.
A Dual Among Aces
The final magic was also according to Cantlay his best shot of the week. And it had been only just enough to hold off Rahm, who simply couldn’t get enough putts to fall when it mattered the most in the thick of the action.
While Rahm, the US Open champion, remained precariously close all day, with his shot into the number 18 hole every bit as unique as that of his rival, it just wasn’t the eagle he’d clearly hoped it would be.
As for Cantlay, his performance on the day turned into a reward to match the magic on the green – a cool $14 million in cash prize money, with an additional $1 million deferred.