THE Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, ended the US PGA Tour season in a fascinating and tightly contested duel between two of the best in shape players in the world this year.
In the end, Patrick Cantlay narrowly held off the lengthy challenge of world number one Jon Rahm last Sunday and won both the Tour Championship title and the FedEx Cup of the season, which earned him the first prize of $ 15 million. He finished with a 21-under overall at East Lake to beat Rahm with a single punch.
Cantlay’s triumph ended with a win in the last two FedEx Cup playoff events, having also won the BMW Championship the week before.
For his part, Rahm started the Tour Championship four strokes behind Cantlay and put in a bold postponement to pick up the eventual champion. He was also named PGA Player of the Year earlier this week – he won the US Open in Torrey Pines, California in June.
Korean-American Kevin Na surprised many when he finished third in the Tour Championship, his best tournament to date at the end of the season. He took home $ 4 million for his efforts.
The Tour Championship purse is so high that Dustin Johnson pocketed $ 1.1 million in 8th place, and Abraham Ancer and Billy Horschel each received $ 890,000 for a tie ninth place.
According to golflink.com, the Tour Championship has $ 46 million in prize money, of which $ 15 million goes to the winner – making it the largest single payout in golf. The runner-up will receive $ 5 million.
To put things in perspective, the payout of Cantlay’s first prize equals the total Players Championship prize pool of $ 15 million. The Sawgrass winner is taking home $ 2.7 million, as is Justin Thomas when he won there in March.
Thomas finished fourth at East Lake last week and raised $ 3 million.
The Players Championship is not one of the four major championship events in golf, but it carries more prize money than any other.
The US Open has the best cash prize of the four majors – $ 12,500, of which the winner will receive $ 2.25 million, while the Masters and British Open will receive $ 11.5 million, with the winners each receiving 2 Received $ .07 million of the pot.
The US PGA Championship, the fourth and final major on the Tour calendar, has $ 11 million in prize money and a check for $ 1.98 million for the winner.
This season’s World Golf Championship (WGC) events – the Workday Championship, Dell Technologies Match Play, and the FedEx St Jude Invitational – each had a purse of $ 10.5 million, of which $ 1.82 million Dollars went to the winner.
They were made (in that order) by Collin Morikawa, Billy Horschel, and Abraham Ancer.
There was some good mood for Asia at East Lake when Sung-jae Im set a new PGA Tour record of 498 birdies in one season. That mark surpassed Steve Flesch’s previous season’s Best of 493 in 2000.
The PGA began counting birdies in 1980 and the 23-year-old South Korean’s grade is the best so far.
Im, who won the 2020 Honda Classic for his only PGA Tour victory to date, finished 20th in the Tour Championship last weekend, for which he was rewarded with $ 497,500. He remains Asia’s top ranked player – 29th in the world – after slipping a few rungs this week.
Cantlay is unlikely to play at the Fortinet Championship at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California this week, which marks the start of the 2021-22 season.
But the number four in the world will be looking forward to the Ryder Cup when the US takes on Europe from September 21st to 26th at the Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.
And who knows, maybe Cantlay will meet cream in singles? That would be fun again!
Not with that many dollars at stake, but certainly with a degree of needle in it.