What A Battle!
The play-off at the BMW Championship final round was a spellbinder. It was a play-off to upstage all play-offs!
The clash between two guys was pure drama – a reprise of a battle for going back to the gladiatorial days of the Roman Colosseum. There was only place for one guy, the ultimate winner!
And that winner was Patrick Cantlay (pictured) who duked it out shot for shot over the last two days with Bryson DeChambeau at the BMW Championship, the second tournament in the three-tournament FedExCup Play-offs.
The final round was an incredible competition of “show-me-what-you-got-and-I-will-better-that” bravado! It literally came down to that – shot for shot, both Cantlay and DeChambeau went at each other right through the 18-holes of regulation play only to end at stalemate at 27-under par.
The tie forced a sudden death play-off and this is where it became a gut-wrenching, nail-biting punch up that stretched out over 6-holes. Each player displayed total determination to win and this was evidenced by the way they slam-dunked the putts over five holes to remain in a dead heat. The crowd went wild at this never-say-die battle of golf that is not often seen at this level.
It was anybody’s game to win and the moment of truth presented itself at the 6th play-off hole. Cantlay landed on the green but was some distance away and no guarantee of a birdie. DeChambeau, was just about 9-feet away from the cup and it looked like a sure win for the man known as “The Scientist”. Up against such odds, Cantlay gathered himself and gave the ball a push that rolled it right into the cup for the birdie.
DeChambeau walked up to his shorter putt, gave the ball a tap and missed the cup. What a crying shame!
Four days of incredible golf only to be taken away by the man who played the game of his life – Patrick Cantlay, wins the BMW sudden death shoot-out.
This is the 29-year-old Cantlay’s third victory of the season, the most on the PGA Tour in 2021.
The win earned Cantlay US$1.71 million while DeChambeau banked in US$1.02 million.
With the victory, Cantlay secures the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s TOUR Championship that will decide the FedExCup Playoffs while DeChambeau will be in the third position with Tony Finau entering as the No. 2 seed.