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Patrick Cantlay wins the Memorial Tournament with a massive come from behind victory closing with a 64 to win by 2 shots over Adam Scott. Cantlay went out in 31 and back in 33 to win his first tournament in the 2019 season and since 2017.
It was a star studded field with names like Scott, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.
Two times major champion Martin Kaymer was chasing his first win since the 2014 U.S Open. He started the final round with a two shot lead and got off to a solid start with four birdies in his first 11 holes but two back to back bogeys on the 12th and 13th saw him two shots back of Cantley.
Cantley started the day 5 strokes behind Kaymer but his 31 on the front nine shot him up the leader board and he never looked back as he went on a tear with a bogey free round of 8 under.
The Memorial is Jack Nicklaus’ tournament and after the round Cantley recalls getting some advice from the golden bear on Friday.
“I was in there having lunch after the early morning round on Friday, and he grabbed me aside and said, you need to go out there, have a good time. Look around when you're out there. Look at all the people having a great time. And then you need to have a great time and realize that that's why you're there and relax and go have fun and go win the golf tournament,” Cantlay recounted of Nicklaus’ advice.
“And I definitely said that to myself down the stretch today on the back nine. It put me a little more at ease, and I hit a lot of really nice quality shots with the lead, coming down the stretch.”
“He reminds me a lot of me,” Nicklaus said.
“I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing I forget about everything else that's going on around me. And I sit there and say, you know, if I can help them, pass that along, maybe it will help them. And if it did, that's great. If it didn't, it didn't make any difference, he won a golf tournament, either way.”
For Scott this was another bitter pill to swallow. He has had five top 10’s this season and was looking to go one better this tournament.
“It's tough on the PGA TOUR. If you don’t get to 20 under, don't think about winning,” Scott, who moved to 15th in the FedExCup said.
“It's disappointing not to win, for sure. I really played good golf this week, and it just wasn't good enough. So I've just got to be a little bit better.
“But I'm very happy with where things are at. It's just going to make me hungrier for two weeks' time now, and it's a good time to be playing well.”
Woods also had another strong performance as he finished in the top 10 for the week.
After his round he was talking to Henni Zuel from Golf TV about the swing changes he has had to go through after his back operations.