Memorial Tournament final leaderboard
-13 P Cantlay (US), C Morikawa (US); -11 S Scheffler (US); -10 B Grace (Rsa); -8 P Reed (US)
Selected others: -4 R Fowler (US), X Schauffele (US); -1 B Dechambeau (US), R McIlroy (NI), J Spieth (US); +3 J Thomas (US); +4 V Hovland (Nor)
Jon Rahm unlucky to miss out
Prior to the event, Jack Nicklaus had made changes to every hole at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in an attempt to make it a tougher test.
Clearly returning champion Jon Rahm wasn’t affected one bit. The Spaniard was on a tear, making the course look average.
He managed to accumulate 21 birdies, five bogeys and even an ace on the 16th in round two, over the three rounds he played.
Unfortunately for Rahm, he was told that he tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of the third round, forcing him to withdraw from the event despite leading by six shots. His withdrawal left Morikawa and Cantlay tied at the top going into the final round.
Neither player seemed like they wanted to win. Collin Morikawa took the lead on the 11th with a birdie, before Cantlay was back level again two holes later.
On the 15th, Morikawa birdied again to take the lead, Cantlay was back level again, two holes later.
At the 72nd (final hole) Morikawa almost chipped in from the green-side bunker for birdie, but had to settle for par which gave Cantlay a chance to win. Cantlay missed from 25-feet, resulting in extra holes to determine the champion.
This was the fifth playoff in eight years at the Memorial Tournament, only because of Rahm’s withdrawal.
Both Morikawa and Cantlay were heading back to the 18th, to see if they could outdo one another.
After some wayward shots, and a missed par putt from Morikawa, Cantlay had a chance to repeat his success from 2019, and he delivered.
What have we learned going to the US Open
This course was still a little too easy to score on, which will not be the case at Torrey Pines, in two weeks.
However, is it possible to think that Jon Rahm may have finally come out the slump he has been in.
If Rahm is able to maintain this newly discovered form, then he will be difficult to beat.
There’s still another event – Palmetto Championship – before the worlds best arrive at the US Open.
This short period of time gives players a chance to fine-tune their game and store up on all the positive thinking they’re going to need. After all, it requires a lot of mental strength as well as golfing talent to win a major.