Cantray wins playoffs at Sunday Memorial without Ram

Dublin, Ohio (AP) — Patrick Cantlay recorded a clutch birdie and a 12-foot par putt in the playoffs and won a memorial on Sunday without Jon Rahm in a drama and light rain.

Cantray finished with a 1-under 71 and won his second victory for the first time in three years. He said he felt a similar range of emotions at Muirfield Village during the last hour of the duel with Collin Morikawa.

But it wasn’t the same.

Just a day ago, Cantley left Ram by six strokes from the 18th green. Ram’s 64th was ranked as one of the finest rounds on the course created by Jack Nicklaus, with a maximum of 54 holes. We have tied two memorial records, including a lead.

However, he tested positive for the coronavirus and Laam withdrew from the tournament because he was participating in a contact tracking protocol.

As it was, Cantley and Morikawa were forced to equalize by 6 strokes.

And for most of the final round it stayed that way. Morikawa took the lead with an 8-foot birdie putt on par 5 at 15th, but Cantley missed the birdie putt from 8 feet and tied at 15th and 16th on par 3.

The round stopped for about 5 minutes due to a sudden downpour on the 17th green. When it resumed, Cantley holed a 25-foot birdie putt into Thailand and Morikawa continued the game with a 12-foot par.

Cantley grabbed the right side of the cup with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th, and he and Morikawa (71) were 13 under 275.

Ram finishes 54 holes with 18 under 198 and is on the memorial record. I’ve never lost such a big lead in the final round at Muirfield Village, but Dustin Johnson lost the lead six times on the PGA Tour and most recently in Shanghai in 2017.

Nicklaus thought that the pesky situation of Cantley and Morikawa would be another factor for them to fight.

“It was a very strange situation and I was very disappointed,” said Cantley. “Everyone, including me, knows that if that didn’t happen, it would have been completely different today. But there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ll do our best to reset and refocus. Did.”

This led to his fourth victory in his PGA Tour career and his second victory of the season. Cantley also won the Zozo Championship in California last October, rallying from a three-shot deficit, beating Ram and Justin Thomas.

He will be the seventh player to win multiple memorials, starting with Tiger Woods winning five times and tournament founder Nicklaus winning twice.

Morikawa won last year at Muirfield Village instead of Memorial. Even when the pandemic forced John Deere Classic to cancel, he won the playoffs with Thomas at the Workday Charity Open.

At that tournament, Morikawa had to see Thomas win the putt on the 18th green twice, but he survived and won the 3rd extra hole.

This time, I missed one birdie chance for Cantray due to regulation. On the 18th of the playoffs, Morikawa had a small mud on the ball and went into the deep rough at a fairly short distance from the fairway. He cut it down to 6 feet.

The cantray was right, so I hacked it into a bunker, but the shot from the damp sand was 12 feet away. It’s on the same line as the 25-foot birdie attempt at regulation, this time pouring it into par. After a while, Morikawa missed 6 feet and Cantley exhaled before shaking hands with Nicklaus.

Scottie Scheffler, who started three strokes after Lahm was eliminated in the tournament, took the lead with a birdie on the 15th. His last chance ended on the 18th when he removed the 6-foot par putt. This gave him 70 points and he finished in 3rd place, two strokes behind.

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