It didn’t take long for Sunday’s final round of the TOUR Championship to turn into a virtual match play event between Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm, the two betting favorites at +380. Cantlay completed Saturday’s third round at 20 under par with Rahm two shots back at 18 under, Justin Thomas at 15 under par, and Kevin Na another stroke back.
After starting the tournament two shots ahead of the field as the FedEx Cup point leader, Patrick Cantlay never relinquished the lead and, after dueling Rahm on the back nine, was able to hold on for a one-shot win and capture the FedEx Cup and the $15 million first-place prize. It was Cantlay’s second consecutive win and the fourth of the season as the 29-year-old out of UCLA took a major career leap forward.
The top 30 players entered the tournament with a chance at the biggest prize in professional golf, but the unique format had them start with scores ranging from Cantlay’s 10 under par to the players ranked 26th through 30th, beginning at even par. Despite challenges from many of the top players, Cantlay four rounds in the 60’s kept the field at bay and enabled him to prevail at the par 70 East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
FedEx Cup Payouts
Cantlay wasn’t the only player to walk away from East Lake with a bunch of cash as all players that qualified for the TOUR Championship were guaranteed at least $395,000, even four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who withdrew on Saturday due to an ankle injury. Second place finisher Jon Rahm, who capped off a great season that saw him post 15 top ten finishes and his first major victory in the U.S. Open, collected $5 million.
Kevin Na, by tying Rahm for the best performance at shooting 14 under par on the course for his four rounds, jumped from 19th to third in the FedEx Cup and collected $4 million for his efforts. With a six-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, Players Championship winner Justin Thomas secured fourth place by himself and secured a $3 million payout, $533,000 more than if he’d made a par on his finishing hole.
Olympic gold medal winner Xander Schauffele made himself an additional $1.3 million on Sunday with a closing 64, moving up from a tie for ninth to share the fifth spot with Viktor Hovland, who fired a 65 with each of them grabbing a $2.2 million bonus.
Long hitting Bryson DeChambeau, who had been slumping late in the season, rebounded from a disastrous two over par 72 on Saturday with a final round 66 to finish seventh by himself that was worth $1.3 million. Defending FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson completed a good tournament, closing with 67 for his fourth round in the ’60s to finish in eighth and end the season with a $1.1 million stake.
The top ten was rounded out by Abraham Ancer and former FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel, both of whom recorded even-par rounds of 70 on Sunday to win $890,000. Tony Finau, who started the week in second place, finished in a tie for 11th after a disappointing four rounds of even-par 280.