BMW Championship Final leaderboard
-27 P Cantlay (US), B DeChambeau (US); -23 S Im (Kor) -22 R McIlroy (NI); -21 E van Rooyen (SA); -20 D Johnson (US), S Garcia (Spa); -19 S Burns (US);
Selected others: -18 J Rahm (Spa); -16 T Finau (US); -14 J Thomas (US), B Koepka (US); -11 J Spieth (US)
Patrick Cantlay wins it!
The victory claimed by Cantlay was the first win by a 54-hole leader in approximately three months.
The pair were tied at the top of the leaderboard going into the final round, three clear of South Korea’s Im Sung-jae.
The final round was reminiscent of match-play as both Cantlay and DeChambeau matched each other on the front nine.
A further three birdies each made sure the two players would go to the par 5 16th all-square.
DeChambeau birdied the 16th to take a one-shot lead, and maintained the lead going into the last hole after a pair of bogeys for the two men.
Cantlay had played the last in one-over during the three previous rounds, while DeChambeau was one-under. Both got on to the green and had birdie putt attempts.
Cantlay sunk his from 21ft, putting the pressure on to his playing partner, who missed from 12 feet.
Another playoff it is then…
Bryson DeChambeau just cannot get rid of media attention.
The controversial American made eight birdies, and a pair of eagles on the way to a twelve-under 60 during round two of the BMW Championship on Friday.
Dechambeau also made back-to-back eagles on the 4th and 5th during Saturday’s third round.
He could have broken 60 if it wasn’t for a poor birdie putt from 6ft on the last.
He had been avoiding the assembled media since the WGC St. Jude Invitational after he blamed the media for making a mockery of what he said regarding his decision to not get the Covid vaccine.
DeChambeau explained that he didn’t want to take the vaccine as other people needed it more than him, which sounds very charitable if not for the fact that the US government has stressed on many occasions that there are more than enough doses for everyone.
After the round, he was expected to break that silence, which he didn’t.
The extra holes were epic as Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau continued to battle it out for the win. DeChambeau had the first real opportunity but his birdie putt lipped out on the 3rd playoff hole.
One hole later, on the 18th, he went into the creek, but somehow managed to make a par after a glorious 3rd shot.
On we went…
The next hole was the par-3 17th – 5th playoff hole.
DeChambeau hit his tee shot to 6ft and only for Cantlay to land inside that. Both would make birdie and go back down the 18th.
A birdie putt from 17ft on the 6th playoff hole handed the win the Cantlay as Dechambeau missed his birdie attempt from a closer range, but it was harder left-to-right putt.
The win takes Cantlay to the top of the FedEx Cup standings with only the Tour Championship left to play.