Winner’s Circle: Cantlay Outlasts DeChambeau in Six-Hole Playoff at BMW Championship

Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay waves to fans on the 17th green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Patrick Cantlay shot a final-round 6-under 66 and then edged Bryson DeChambeau on the sixth playoff hole to win the 2021 BMW Championship.

The 29-year old California native entered Sunday’s finale at Caves Valley Golf Club tied for the lead with DeChambeau, and after 18 additional holes, the duo remained deadlocked.

In overtime, the two American stars traded blows, until the UCLA product drained a clutch putt on the sixth extra hole to claim victory.

For his third PGA Tour victory of the 2020-21 season, Cantlay earned $1,710,000 and 2000 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and second on the money list. He also picked up 78 Official World Golf Ranking points and is expected to move into the top 5 for the first time in his career.

For his second-place finish, DeChambeau earned $1,026,000 and 1200 FedExCup points. He also secured 46.8 world-ranking points.


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Patrick Cantlay Pro-File

Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay reads his putt on the 17th green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Full Name: Patrick Cantlay
Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 170 lb
Birthdate: March 17, 1992 (age 29)
Native: Long Beach, CA
Resides: No. Palm Beach, FL
Primary Sponsor: Titleist


BMW Championship: Top 10

Pos-Player (Final Rd)
1. Patrick Cantlay -27 (-6)*
2. Bryson DeChambeau -27 (-6)
3. Sungjae Im -23 (-5)
4. Rory McIlroy -22 (-5)
5. Erik van Rooyen -21 (-7)
6. Dustin Johnson -20 (-6)
6. Sergio Garcia -20 (-3)
8. Sam Burns -19 (-2)
9. Alex Noren -18 (-6)
9. Jon Rahm -18 (-2)
9. Abraham Ancer -18 (-1)

Top-5 Check Cashers: BMW Championship

Pos-Player (Money)
1. Patrick Cantlay ($1,710,000)
2. Bryson DeChambeau ($1,026,000)
3. Sungjae Im ($646,000)
4. Rory McIlroy ($456,000)
5. Erik van Rooyen ($380,000)


Patrick Cantlay’s Winning Numbers

Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay celebrates with his caddie Matt Minister after defeating Bryson DeChambeau on the sixth playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu via Getty Images)
Topline Stats:

Driving: 311.4 yards (17th)
Fairways: 66.07% (37/56) (T33)
Greens: 80.56% (58/72) (T2)
Putts/GIR: 1.500 (1st)

Strokes Gained:

Off the Tee: 1.193 (5th)
Approach the Green: 1.139 (28th)
Around the Green: -1.098 (T47)
Putting: 14.577 (1st)
Tee to Green: 1.233 (28th)
Total: 15.812 (T1)


Cantlay’s 2021 PGA Tour Season

Patrick Cantlay and Girlfriend Wins the Memorial Tournament
Patrick Cantlay poses with his girlfriend, Nikki Guidish, and the trophy after winning the The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 06, 2021 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Condon PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Starts: 23
Cuts Made: 18
Wins: 3 (ZOZO, Memorial, BMW)
Additional Top 10: 3
Earnings: $7,638,805 (2nd)
FedExCup Pts: 4,302 (1st)
World Rank Before/After: 10/5


Cantlay’s Career Victories

PGA Tour: 5
2021 BMW Championship
2021 The Memorial Tournament
2020 ZOZO Championship
2019 The Memorial Tournament
2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open


WITB: Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay watches his tee shot on the 15th tee box during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Patrick Cantlay plays a full Titleist bag (driver, irons, wedges, putter) and Pro V1x golf ball.

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5˚)
Fairway: Titleist 915F (15˚)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 (21˚)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (4-9)
Wedges: Vokey SM7 (46˚, 54˚, 56˚)
Wedges: Vokey SM8 (61˚)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Hat: Titleist
Shoes: FootJoy DryJoys
Glove: Titleist Players
Source: National Club Golfer


4 Questions: Patrick Cantlay

1. Congrats… Thoughts?
Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay poses with the BMW Championship Trophy and the J.D. Wadley trophy after winning the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Rob Carr via Getty Images)

Q. Patrick, congratulations… How are you feeling after a marathon day of golf for your fifth career win?

PATRICK CANTLAY: I’m a little tired but very happy. I played really well all week. At the beginning of the week I didn’t realize it would take that many under par to just force a playoff. But I hit a lot of good shots today, and it was just enough.


2. Ever Any Doubts?
Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Bryson DeChambeau looks over the 15th green as Patrick Cantlay walks during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu via Getty Images)

Q. Just curious, was there ever a moment that you thought you weren’t going to win? And if not, why not?

PATRICK CANTLAY: I liked Bryson’s chances of making that six- or eight-footer up the hill or whatever it was, and yeah, I thought he was going to make that putt. That was maybe the only time that I really thought I was done.

But he didn’t make it; that’s golf.

I played really well and just tried to focus on the task at hand all day. Even some of the bad shots I hit today, just tried to reset and take it fresh from there.


3. Paddy Ice?
Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay lines up a putt on the 17th green during a playoff in the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins via Getty Images)

Q. Had you heard Paddy Ice before, and is that going to be a hard nickname to live up to?

PATRICK CANTLAY: I don’t know. That’s the first time I’ve heard it. But I got it all week.

I think there was maybe one or two guys that followed me around maybe all four days, and they just every hole, screaming it. These were some of the most supportive, loudest fans I’ve ever experienced.


4. Caves Valley Experience?
Patrick Cantlay Wins 2021 BMW Championship
Patrick Cantlay waves his hat to fans on the 18th green after winning in the sixth playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley GC on Aug 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, MD. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Q. About the Caves Valley experience, your thoughts on that and the way the course played throughout not only the four rounds but also the extra holes.

PATRICK CANTLAY: Yeah, I thought the course was great theater, obviously. Lots of birdies and a great finishing hole. It was easy; I knew it was going to play easy and you were going to need to make a lot of birdies. When I was playing the practice rounds, I mentioned to the guys it’s going to be well into the 20s, and that’s just mostly to do with it being as soft as it was.

I think this golf course would be very different if it was firm, but it’s wide and there’s not a ton of trouble, so it was a birdie-fest out there, and it felt like your foot was on the gas from the word “go.”


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media, Fastscripts


3 COMMENTS

  1. Obviously Bryson should have won. But, it seems it has become a pattern for him to miss makeable putts when he needs one. Azinger said that Bryson has the chipping yips when he stubbed his easy chip on 17 after Patrick’s water ball. Also, he was inside Patrick several times but missed his shorter putt after Cantlay drained his longer one. Bryson also blew his shot at 59 on Friday when he couldn’t make putts on the last two holes.
    On another note, how does Reed qualify for the TC when he couldn’t play either playoff tournament? Unless I’m wrong, if he had played terribly and finished at the end of the pack, he wouldn’t have made it. I guess anyone near the top might be better not playing in the first two events rather than risking playing badly.

    • Bryson is actually a good putter. But has missed some very makeable putts lately. He ranks 14th on Tour in strokes gained: putting, according to post by Joel Cook.

      In re: to Reed. He actually would have been higher had he played, even if finished dead last both times (which is doubtful since he’s won at Liberty National). You don’t lose points for poor placements. For example, Mickelson secured 14 points for a dead last place finish. So Reed would have ended up w 14 more points. -Jeff

      • Thanks for straightening me out. Of course, in what other sport could you skip the playoffs due to sickness and still make it to the Super Bowl or World Series? If Reed can’t play in the TC, will he even be replaced? Examples: KH Lee was -17 (T12) and only moved up 6 spots to #31, while Noren was -18 (T9) and only moved up 10 to #33. If there was any justice Lee would be in the TC instead of Reed.

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