Cantlay renews love affair with Memorial Tournament

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Patrick Cantlay has now won The Memorial Tournament twice in the space of two years. Photo: latimes.com

Beginning the final round of The Memorial Tournament locked at 12-under 204 with Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay made four birdies against three bogeys to post a 1-under 71, as did Morikawa; on the first hole of sudden death and won with a par-4 at the 18th hole.

With this, Cantlay claimed his fourth career PGA Tour victory, including the 2019 Memorial Tournament, in his 114th start at the age of 29 years, 2 months, 20 days.

He claimed 550 points and overtook the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup (from No. 10). It is projected Cantlay will move inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Sunday was his second victory at the Memorial Tournament and came in his fifth start; 2021/1st, 2020/T32, 2019/1st, 2018/4th, 2017/T35.

Cantlay became the seventh multiple-time winner of the Memorial Tournament, joining Tiger Woods (5), Kenny Perry (3), Jack Nicklaus (2), Hale Irwin (2), Greg Norman (2) and Tom Watson (2).

He also joined Stewart Cink, Bryson DeChambeau and Jason Kokrak as multiple winners this season (2020 ZOZO Championship).

It marked his fifth top-10 of the season (17 starts) and first since a T3 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; most recently before this week finished T23 at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.

The 2011 Jack Nicklaus Award winner is one of three past recipients to also win the Memorial Tournament (Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm).

Morikawa was seeking a fifth career Tour title, second of the season and second at Muirfield Village Golf Club (2020 Workday Charity Open).

Morikawa stood out with five putts from outside 10 feet, sank a total of 109’ 1” of putts in the final round.

In his only previous start at the Memorial Tournament, he had finished T48 in 2020.

With the runner-up finish, Morikawa moved to No. 8 in the FedExCup (from No. 23).

He was seeking a fourth victory on a Jack Nicklaus-designed venue – 2019 Barracuda Championship (Montreux G&CC), 2020 Workday Charity Open (Muirfield Village), 2021 WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.

It marked his sixth top-10 of the season and his first since a T8 in defence of his PGA Championship title two weeks ago.

Among Asians, Korea’s Si Woo Kim shot a 72 to finish T9 for his first top-10 at the Memorial Tournament in his sixth start at Muirfield Village. He made one eagle, three birdies and five bogeys, including two dropped shots on Hole Nos. 16 and 18.

Text Courtesy: PGA Tour

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