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Cantlay wins Shriners playoff

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas, NV



Making his tournament debut, World No. 67 Patrick Cantlay erased a four-shot deficit with 4-under-par 33-34=67 on Sunday at TPC Summerlin to match Las Vegas resident Alex Cejka and first-round leader Whee Kim on 9-under 275, and then won with an up-and-down par on the second playing of the par-4 18th in sudden death, using the flat stick two times from 68'11" away for the victory.


The 25-year-old, a pre-tourney 20/1 outright, claims his first PGA TOUR title in his 43rd career start (35 pro), supplanting a previous-best 2nd at the 2017 Valspar.


Overall, it's his seventh career top-10 finish and first of the season in his second start, arriving off T15 at last week's HSBC in his WGC debut.


Patton Kizzire (64), J.T. Poston (66), and Chesson Hadley (68), shared 4th place, one swing shy of the playoff.



Final Leaderboard:



P1- Patrick Cantlay (-9) 67-71-70-67= 275

P2- Alex Cejka (-9) 66-74-72-63= 275

P2- Whee Kim (-9) 65-72-72-66= 275

T4- Patton Kizzire (-8) 70-66-76-64= 276

T4- J.T. Poston (-8) 69-71-70-66= 276

T4- Chesson Hadley (-8) 74-65-69-68= 276


NOTE: Hadley has opened the season with three consecutive top-5 finishes.



Cantlay collects 500 FedExCup (FEC) points for the victory and leapfrogs 60 spots to a career-high 3rd in the FEC standings, 72 points behind leader Pat Perez, who held the top spot for a third week in a row despite being idle.



Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):



1. Pat Perez (627)

2. Brendan Steele (556)

3. Patrick Cantlay (555); UP 60

4. Justin Rose (550); DOWN one

5. Justin Thomas (548); DOWN one

6. Tony Finau (453); DOWN one

7. Chesson Hadley (443); DOWN one

8. Whee Kim (401); UP 19

9. Ryan Armour (335)

10. Marc Leishman (318); DOWN three



With the win, Cantlay earns a two-year exemption on TOUR (thru 2019-20) and a host of invites, including to the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Masters, THE PLAYERS, and the PGA Championship.


In 13 starts last season – which began on a Major Medical Extension – the Long Beach, California, native went 13-for-13 with eight top 25s, four top 10s and two top 5s, including T3 at the RBC Heritage and the above-mentioned runner-up at the Valspar back in March.


He went T10 (THE NORTHERN TRUST), T13-T9 in the first three legs of the Playoffs – top rookie finisher in each – before ending with a T20 at the TOUR Championship.



Cantlay’s 2016-17 Season:


13 starts

13 made cuts


8 top 25s

4 top 10s

2 top 5s

1 runner-up

FEC Rank: 29th


NOTE: Cantlay was one of two rookies (Xander Schauffele) to qualify for the TOUR Championship – won by Schauffele – where he finished T20 (of 30) on even-par 280 (74-66-71-69)   




Field Scoring Average:



This was the 35th playing of the Shriners, 10th straight at TPC Summerlin as the sole venue:



7,255 yards; par 71 (35-36)



R1: 71.174

R2: 72.284

R3: 72.192

R4: 70.231


Total: 71.542



Cantlay: 67-71-70-67 for 10.880 SG: Total

Cejka: 66-74-72-63 for 10.880 SG: Total

Kim, W: 65-72-72-66 for 10.880 SG: Total



Cantlay’s Position by Round:


R1: T6  

R2: T8  

R3: T4

R4: T1




How Cantlay Won on Sunday:



After opening in 67-71-70, the Jupiter, Florida, resident began T4, four back of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler (73) and J.J. Spaun (74).


Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation (GIR), gaining 1.539 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.500 around-the-green.


The UCLA product overshadowed three squares with seven circles at holes 1, 7, 9 and four straight at 11-14, three from between 10 and 16 feet. He posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 2.849 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.


Cantlay didn’t touch the lead all week until his fourth birdie of the day at 11, and also saved par from 13’2” at 15 before a bogey-bogey finish in freshening winds dropped him back into extra time, his first career playoff appearance.


In sudden death, the trio halved the first playing of the 18th with bogey-5s. Cejka had the best chance to end it there but missed a par-saver from 15’8”. Cantlay’s was a 1-putt bogey-save from 8’4”.


Back to the tee, all three missed the fairway, but Kim was the worst off, hooking his tee shot into the native area, eventually taking a penalty drop and eating double bogey-6.


Cejka had the best look for his second from the right rough 204 yards away, but mustered a 167-yard shot into the same right rough.


Cantlay had 187 left for his second, partially obscured by two trees, but conjured a 208-yard shot to the back-left fairway.


Cejka’s third, from 44 yards away, checked up 16’5” short of the hole.


Cantlay, next to play, nearly holed his first putt from off the green 68’11” away, leaving 32 inches, which he would drain for the winner shortly after Cejka missed his par-saver.



Cantlay’s Round 4 Stats (ranking of 78 players):



SG: Off-the-Tee:

1.539 (3rd)


SG: Approach-the-Green:

0.343 (31st)



40’11” (49th)


SG: Around-the-Green:

-1.500 (67th)


SG: Putting:

2.849 (6th)


SG: Total:

Cantlay: 3.231 (T10)

Cejka: 7.231 (1st)

Kim, W: 4.231 (T5)







Alex Cejka: The two-time Tour grad and World No. 300 twirled a week-low 8-under-par 33-30=63 in the final round to post the clubhouse lead on 9-under 275, up 27 places to T2.


He was later matched by Kim and Cantlay, and then lost to Cantlay's par with bogey-5 on the second playing of the par-4 18th in sudden death. He drops to 1-1 in playoffs but does record his fourth runner-up finish in 358 career starts, first since T2 here 106 weeks ago.


The finale was the Las Vegas resident's 1,056th career round and ties a career low, also carding 8-under 63 in R2 at the 2004 Booz Allen (TPC Avenel).


He was making his 12th appearance with one prior top 10, the aforementioned T2 in 2016 (67-70-66-66).


This was the 46-year-old’s third start of the season following a DQ last week (Sanderson Farms) and a MC at the Safeway. It’s his first top 10 since a back-door T9 at the Greenbrier in July, where he closed with 6-under 64.


After kicking off 66-74-72, Cejka began T29 on 1-under, eight back. On eight (of 14) fairways and 14 GIR, he squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 2, smothered by nine birdies at 1, 7, 8, 10, 13 and four straight at 15-18, four from between 10 and 17 feet.


Cejka posted 3.386 SG: Approach-the-Green, 2.301 SG: Around-the-Green, and 1.806 SG: Putting with 24 total putts, adding a chip-in birdie-3 at 17 from 46’5” away. He was No. 1 for the week in putts per GIR at 1.660.



Whee Kim: The first-round leader and World No. 148 spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round and then lost to Cantlay's par with double bogey-6 on the second playing of the par-4 18th in sudden death after an errant tee shot and penalty drop.


This was his third cash in three appearances, brushing aside a previous-best T49 in 2015. The 25-year-old improves to 4-for-4 on the season with two top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, arriving off solo 4th at THE CJ CUP two weeks ago.


It’s his second runner-up finish in 81 career starts, first in extra time, joining a T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude.


After kicking off in 65-72-72, the South Korean began T8, five back. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome with Cantlay, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 GIR, posting 2.989 SG: Putting, No. 1 for the week in SGP at 8.635.


Kim was blemish-free 6-under thru 17 holes, circling 1, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16, five from between 11 and 25 feet, before a walk-off bogey-5 in freshening winds. He posted 1.643 putts per GIR with 28 total putts.






In the last 99 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won SEVEN times. That’s a conversion percentage of just 7.07%.



This Season:


6 tournaments

1 pre-tourney fave won:



Justin Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)



Last Season:


47 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves won:



Henrik Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Jordan Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Jordan Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

Dustin Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico



This week’s favorite(s):



Webb Simpson (16/1): finished T20 after making the cut (T63) on the number (70-73-69-69).


Tony Finau (16/1): finished T16 with a disappointing 1-over 72 in R4 out of the final threesome. He was blemish-free 2-under thru 13 holes but then squared three of his last five. The 28-year-old had opened in trip-69s to position himself in solo 3rd.



Last week’s winner(s):



Ryan Armour: Fresh off his breakthrough win at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms, the 41-year-old finished a respectable T20 (68-74-72-67). He remained at 9th in the FEC standings.


Justin Rose: The 37-year-old, who came from eight back in the final round to win the WGC-HSBC in Shanghai last week, came from two back with 6-under 65 to win the European Tour’s first (of three) finals events at the Turkish Airlines Open, his 10th Euro Tour victory in 283 career events. He remained 6th in OWGR and moved to 2nd in the Race to Dubai standings.  




How Cantlay Won the Tournament:



Ranked 1st: All-Around, SG: Off-the-Tee

Ranked T1: Birdies, Par-5 Scoring



Cantlay’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 78 players):



Birdies: 20 (T1)

Bogeys: 9 (T19)

Double Bogeys: 1 (T16)


Par-3 Scoring: 2.94 (T8)

Par-4 Scoring: 4.02 (T35)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.25 (T1)


Driving Distance (all drives): 305.0 (T8)

Driving Accuracy: 36/56 (T5) at 64.29%

GIR: 52/72 (T17) at 72.22%

Proximity: 43’7” (57th)

Putts per GIR: 1.712 (9th)

Total Putts: 115 (T14)

Putts by Round: 28-30-30-27

Scrambling: 11/20 (T39) at 55.00%

All Around: (1st)


SG: Off-the-Tee: 5.032 (1st)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 3.106 (22nd)

SG: Around-the-Green: 0.335 (T38)

SG: Putting: 2.408 (32nd)

SG: Tee-to-Green: 8.472 (7th)




Updated Top 10 in OWGR:



With a Strength of Field rating of 137 (down from 185 last year), Cantlay banks 30.00 world-ranking points and vaults 25 places to a career-high 42nd in OWGR.



1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jordan Spieth

3. Justin Thomas

4. Hideki Matsuyama

5. Jon Rahm

6. Justin Rose

7. Brooks Koepka

8. Rory McIlroy (UP one)

9. Henrik Stenson (DOWN one)

10. Rickie Fowler



Other Notable Career Highs in OWGR:



Tony Finau: 39th (UP two)

Brendan Steele: 43rd (UP one)

Whee Kim: 114th (UP 34)

Beau Hossler: 310th (UP 75)







Last season, 33 (of 47) tourneys had a traditional draw:





EARLY/late: 21 (63.6%)


LATE/early: 12



Through three tourneys this season (with a traditional draw):



EARLY/late: 2


LATE/early: 1 (Cantlay)



A total of 78 pros from a field of 144 pros made the 36-hole cut of 1-OVER 143:



40 (of 69) EARLY/late; 3 WDs


38 (of 72) LATE/early




15 players finished in the top 10:



9 EARLY/late: Whee Kim (P2), Patton Kizzire (T4), J.T. Poston (T4), Bryson DeChambeau (T7), Tom Hoge (T7), Beau Hossler (T7), A.J. McInerney (T10), William McGirt (T10), J.J. Spaun (T10)


6 LATE/early: Patrick Cantlay (P1), Alex Cejka (P2), Chesson Hadley (T4), Aaron Baddeley (T10), Alex Kang (T10), Graeme McDowell (T10)


NOTE: Cantlay is the fourth LATE/early winner at the Shiners in the last five years.




Low Rounds:



R1: Whee Kim (65)

R2: J.J. Spaun, Kelly Kraft, Robert Garrigus, Chesson Hadley (65)

R3: Beau Hossler (66)

R4: Alex Cejka (63)




Bogey-free Rounds:



R1: Whee Kim (65), Alex Cejka (66), Peter Malnati (67), Rod Pampling (70)

R2: Kelly Kraft (65), Aaron Baddeley (66)

R3: Beau Hossler (66), Tom Hoge (67), Scott Piercy (68), Byeong Hun An (69)

R4: Alex Kang (64), Talor Gooch (64), Graeme McDowell (66), Ethan Tracy (66), Webb Simpson (69)




Leader/co-leaders by Round:



R1: Whee Kim (P2): Drops to 0-for-1 as 18-hole leader/co-leader


R2: J.J. Spaun (T10): Drops to 0-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader


R3: Beau Hossler (T7): Drops to 0-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

R3: J.J. Spaun (T10): Drops to 0-for-1


R4: Patrick Cantlay (P1): Improves to 1-0 in playoffs

R4: Alex Cejka (P2): Drops to 1-1 in playoffs

R4: Whee Kim (P2): Drops to 0-1 in playoffs






Last season, 43 (of 48) winners were 39-years-old or younger


28 winners were in their 20s

15 were in their 30s

5 were in their 40s



Through 6 events this season:


2 winners were in their 20s (Cantlay: age: 25)

2 were in their 30s

2 were in their 40s




TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:



TOUR Rookies: 22

Top-10 finishes: 0



Talor Gooch: Making his tournament debut, the 25-year-old was top rookie with a career-best T16 on 5-under 279 (71-67-77-64), one swing short of a T10.


It’s his first low-rookie honor in his third start of the season. The Oklahoma State alum’s previous best in five career events was T30 at last week’s Sanderson Farms (71-71-72-70).


Form: T16-T30-T54

FEC Rank: 64th (UP 50); career high

OWGR: 187th (UP 19); career high




First-Timers: 41

Top-10 finishes: 4



Cantlay was top debutant. Joining him in the top 10 were:


Beau Hossler: The 54-hole co-leader and World No. 385 sleepwalked to a birdie-less 2-over-par 36-37=73 in the final round, falling six spots to a career-best T7 on 7-under 277 (69-69-66-73), two shots short of the playoff. He drops to 0-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader.


The 22-year-old nets his second career top 10 in 15 TOUR starts (11 pro), replacing a previous-best T10 at last week's Sanderson Farms, which gained him an exemption into the Shriners. He was No. 1 for the week in SG: Around-the-Green (6.319).


The first-time member though not a rookie is 3-for-3 on the season, opening with 74th at the Safeway, and was T3 thru 54 holes last week before 1-over 73 out of the penultimate threesome.


Form: T7-T10-74

FEC Rank: 36th (UP 53); career high

OWGR: 310th (UP 75); career high



Alex Kang: The sponsor invite and World No. 631 painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the final round to finish up on 6-under 278 (70-73-71-64), up 38 spots to a career-best T10.


This was his second career TOUR start, bettering a T47 at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. The top 10 gains him an exemption into this coming week’s OHL Classic, which he accepted.


The non-member opened in 70-73, one of 16 players to make the cut on the number, T63 at the midpoint, playing the weekend in 71-64 to gain 7.423 SG: Total in his last 36 holes. His sister Danielle, won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on the LPGA Tour back in July.


A.J. McInerney: Making his PGA TOUR debut, the sponsor invite and World No. 1221 rallied for a 4-under-par 37-30=67 in the final round to wrap on 6-under 278 (71-70-70-67), up eight spots to T10.


The non-member and UNLV alum earns a top-10 exemption into this coming week's OHL but will pass for the second stage of Tour Q-School that starts this Tuesday. He finished 97th on the WCT money list in his rookie campaign last season, missing 10 cuts and making 11 with three top 25s.




Field Breakdown & Top-10 Finishes:



OWGR field average: 337th

OWGR average for top-10 finishers: 308th



1 of the Top 25 in OWGR was in the field

0 finished in the top 10


5 of the Top 50 OWGR

0 finished in the top 10



Overall, 15 players finished in the top 10.



No. 67 Patrick Cantlay (P1)

No. 75 William McGirt (T10)

No. 86 Chesson Hadley (T4)

No. 96 Bryson DeChambeau (T7)

No. 148 Whee Kim (P2)

No. 162 Graeme McDowell (T10)

No. 174 J.J. Spaun (T10)

No. 187 Aaron Baddeley (T10)

No. 292 Patton Kizzire (T4)

No. 300 Alex Cejka (P2)

No. 339 J.T. Poston (T4)

No. 385 Beau Hossler (T7)

No. 467 Tom Hoge (T7)

No. 631 Alex Kang (T10)

No. 1221 A.J. McInerney (T10)



Other Notables:


No. 24 Charley Hoffman (T18), top-ranked

No. 30 Kevin Chappell (T20)

No. 37 Webb Simpson (T20)

No. 41 Tony Finau (T16)

No. 50 Gary Woodland (T18)

No. 51 Ryan Moore (T51)

No. 53 Jimmy Walker (CUT)




Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:



Justin Rose (1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

Jordan Spieth (T7-T7-2-P2)

Chesson Hadley (T4-2-T3)

Whee Kim (P2-4)

Patton Kizzire (T4-T10)

Beau Hossler (T7-T10)

Brooks Koepka (T2-6)

Peter Uihlein (T5-T10)

Brian Harman (8-T5)

Cameron Smith (3-T5)




Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:



Anirban Lahiri (T51-T5-T10-T9)




4 (of 6) winners had a top-25 finish the start prior (66.6%). Cantlay T15 (HSBC).


1 (of 6) winners had a top-10 finish the start prior (16.6%).



3 (of 6) winners this season have emerged out of the FINAL group on Sunday:





Patrick Cantlay (Shriners): Third-to-last threesome; erased 4-shot deficit w/ 4-under 67; won 3-man PLAYOFF (Cejka, Kim, W)


Justin Rose (WGC-HSBC): Penultimate threesome; erased 8-shot deficit w/ 5-under 67; won by two (Stenson, Koepka, Johnson D)


Brendan Steele (Safeway): Penultimate threesome; defender erased 2-shot deficit w/ 3-under 69; won by one (Finau).




Career-Best Finishes:



Patrick Cantlay (P1)

J.T. Poston (T4)

Beau Hossler (T7)

Alex Kang (T10)

A.J. McInerney (T10), TOUR debut

Talor Gooch (T16)

Adam Schenk (T20)

Stephan Jaeger (T20)

Jim Knous- OQ (T41)

Jimmy Stanger (T41)

Ryan Hogue- OQ (T63)








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