PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament. Patrick Cantlay's unexpected win
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06/05/2019

PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament. Patrick Cantlay's unexpected win

27-year-old Californian Patrick Cantlay can hardly be attributed to the first contenders for victory in such a large tournament as the Memorial. Even in spite of his success this season - one second and two third places, one of which is in the last PGA Championship major. In fact, until this year, on his account was only one PGA Tour title, that he won at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open tournament in November 2017. 

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Patrick Cantlay. Getty Images

But here he stayed close to the leaders from the first round, and after the third day he even entered the top three, lagging behind German leader Martin Kaymer by 4 hits and by Australian Adam Scott by two. But on Sunday he managed to show an outstanding result of 8 birdies, passing the entire course without a single bogey. This was the best final round of the winner in the history of the tournament. 

The leader of the three days Kaymer managed to play last round only in par, and in the end, he been defeated not only by Cantlay for four hits, but also by Scott for two. 

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Martin Kaymer. Getty Images

On the last day, a desperate attempt to catch up to the runners was made by Tiger Woods, going after the 13th hole with an excellent result (-7), but two bogey at the end of the day (14 and 18 holes) deprived him from the chances of even getting into the first six, and the result - only 9th place. But Jordan Spieth, who was really claiming victory on Sunday morning or at least a place in the top three, lost his advantage by the end of the tournament, finished the 4th round with (+1) and ended up only 7th . 
Another hero of the tournament, the recent world leader in the ranking, Englishman Justin Rose, who did an outstanding result in the second round (-9), did not shine on other days, taking the final 13th place.
Last year’s tournament winner Bryson DeChambeau was not really pleased his fans. Even (-6) of the final day did not allow him to rise above the 22nd place, since in the other two rounds he played above the par.   
And if we talk about the real losers of the tournament, those who did not pass the cut, then among them there were more resounding names than among the winners. Just name a few: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau ...     
Returning to the story about the winner, note that 7 years ago, at the dawn of his career, after winning the Jack Nicklaus award (as the best amateur), he was close to leaving golf at all. He only gained professional status, but soon a back injury for whole two years tore him from performances. Fortunately, the doctors did their job perfectly well and Patrick managed to return to professional golf. And today, thanks to this victory, he moved from 15th place in the world ranking to 10th and is up to 6th place in FedExCup. 

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Patrick Cantlay Getty Images

The prizes awarded to the winner were the Cup and a check in the amount of 1.638 million dollars. 

Leaderboard

1 Patrick Cantlay -19 
2 Adam Scott -17 
3 Martin Kaymer -15 

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