Patrick Cantlay shot a final-round 65 to edge in front and secure a third PGA Tour crown by winning the Zozo Championship on Sunday.
Cantlay went into the final day’s play very much in contention and, in the end, did enough to edge overnight leader Justin Thomas by a single stroke at Sherwood Country Club.
The 28-year-old was very accurate and effective throughout his round, rolling in nine birdies, dropping two shots to finish with a winning score of 23 under par.
Thomas remained in the fight, however, but needed a miraculous eagle on the final hole in order to force a playoff and finally could only manage a birdie as he ended his week on 22 under and in T2 alongside Jon Rahm.
SO close to an ace. ? @Patrick_Cantlay is -8 thru 15 today.
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But, for Cantlay it was a special couple of days in his home state of California.
‘I usually like to see the golf course actually two times all the way through. This week I only saw the front nine twice and I saw the back nine once,’ Cantlay said.
‘I like the golf course, it was good. It was in really good shape. I just had never gotten up here. I grew up about an hour and a half away and there’s a lot of golf between here and there.
‘It’s really great to win at home. I look forward to hopefully winning at Riviera, and anytime you win close to home it just feels a little sweeter. I felt comfortable all week. I like this cloudy California weather, I’m used to it, it’s what I grew up with. It was just a nice week.’
South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli signed off with a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to end the event on 17 under par and in T11, while Shaun Norris managed to secure T28.