OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Pull down the track and for six dynamic playoff holes, Patrick Cantlay laid out a matching …
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Pull down the track and for six dynamic playoff holes, Patrick Cantlay worthily ended an epic fight with Bryson DeChambeau by making an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to defeat the BMW championship to be won on Sunday.
DeChambeau missed a 6-foot putt for 59 on Friday and missed four birdie putts to win the regulation and playoff Sunday. And then he missed the week’s most important putt by just under 10 feet to extend the playoff.
Cantlay made putts of 8 feet for par, 8 feet for bogey and 20 feet for birdie on the last three holes of regulation for a 6-under 66, the last to force a playoff in the Caves Valley on the PGA Tour’s first appearance in Baltimore in almost 60 years. He punched 6-foot and 7-foot par putts on the 18th hole in the playoff.
The final earned him the win, his PGA Tour-leading third of the season and fifth overall. Not only did it take him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, the win also gave Cantlay sixth and final automatic place on the US Ryder Cup team.
Cantlay now begins the Tour Championship two-shot ahead based on his reputation as the race for the $ 15 million prize ends.
DeChambeau also finished on a 66. They finished 27 under 261. Nobody has ever shot 261 on the PGA Tour and not taken home the trophy.
Sungjae Im made a 67 on his last two holes and ended up in third place alone, four shots behind. Rory McIlroy finished with a 67 and finished fourth.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
GRAND BLANC, Michigan (AP) – Joe Durant made a 5-foot bogey putt on the 18th par-4 for a one-stroke win over Bernhard Langer in The Ally Challenge.
57-year-old Durant finished 4 under 68 in windy conditions and finished 17 under 199 in Warwick Hills. He won the PGA Tour Champions for the fourth time after winning four PGA Tour wins.
One stroke behind Langer and Doug Barron entering the loop, Durant had four birdies in a six-hole course in the front nine and added a birdie on the par-5 sixteen. He drove to the left on 18 into an adjacent fairway, cut a branch that hit the trees, left his third just before the green and chipped past.
Langer saved the 18th and hit two bunkers in a 70. Two days after shooting on his 64th birthday at his age, the German star only had one back-nine birdie – matching Durant on the 16th Champions wins, four under Hale Irwin’s record.
Steven Alker was third with 15 under after a 67th Barron (72), Steve Flesch (64) and KJ Choi (66) were 14 under.
Vijay Singh had an albatross on 16 – swinging out with a 5 wood – in a 67, which left him 13 below.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (dpa) – Rasmus Hojgaard shot a 7-under 63 and won the European Masters in one fell swoop when Bernd Wiesberger closed with a bogey after a blow into the green water.
The 20-year-old Hojgaard took his third European Tour victory with 13 under 267. The Dane conquered the par-5 14th and played the last six holes in 5 under.
Wiesberger hit his tee shot into a bunker on the 18th par-4 and then found the water with his second shot. The Austrian finished with a 65.
Henrik Stenson was third after a 63 with 11 under.
KORN FERRY TOUR
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Adam Svensson won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, finishing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke win in the second of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
Svensson went to the PGA Tour as the top 25 finisher in the points race of the regular season the next season and finished with a tournament record of 17 under 267 on the Scarlet Course in the US state of Ohio. The 27-year-old Canadian has three career wins and won the Club Car Championship in Georgia in March.
Bronson Burgoon (66) and Stephan Jaeger (71) share second place.
The Korn Ferry Tour Championship takes place next week at Victoria National in Newburgh, Indiana.
Scott Vincent from Zimbabwe won KBC Augusta for his first Japan Golf Tour title. He finished on a 4 under 68 and finished on 17 under 271. Ryo Ishikawa was one stroke back after a 67. … Alfredo Garcia-Heredia from Spain won the B-NL Challenge in the Netherlands for his first European Challenge Tour title. Win with a birdie in the seventh additional playoff. The 39-year-old Garcia-Heredia finished with a 3-under 68 against Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde, Icelander Haraldur Magnus and Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey with 11 under. Hoey was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Magnus on the third. … Michael Blair won the Prince Edward Island Open and defeated Maxwell Sear with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event. Blair finished with a 1-under 71 to match Sear at 9 under. Sear also finished with a 71 … Trish Johnson of England won the Senior LPGA Championship in French Lick, Indiana, and finished with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke win over Becky Morgan of Wales. The 2017 winner, Johnson, also finished The Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort with 7 under 209. Morgan shot a 69.… Pauline Roussin Bouchard from France won the Didriksons Skafto Open of the Ladies European Tour in Sweden in her second professional start. Roussin Bouchard followed a second round 60 with a 68 and ended with 11 under, one stroke ahead of the Swede Linn Grant (62) and the Argentinean Magdalena Simmermacher (64). … Mone Inami finished with a 6-under 67 for a one-stroke win over Jeon Mi-jeong in the Nitori Ladies of the Japan LPGA. Inami finished at the age of 16. Jeon shot a 71.… Lee Da-yeon ran away in the Korean LPGA’s Hanwha Classic, shooting 69-69-65-66 for a seven-stroke win. She finished under at 19. … Peiyun Chien of Taiwan won the Circling Raven Championship in Worley, Idaho, for her third Symetra Tour title of her career. She closed at 5 under 67 and ended at 16 under, one stroke ahead of Demi Runas (66).
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