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Patrick Cantlay wins the BMW Championship in a playoff.
Patrick Cantlay held off Bryson DeChambeau in an epic playoff battle which lasted 6 extra holes.
At the start of the day both Cantlay and DeChambeau were tied for the lead and as the day went on it turned into a royal battle. Both men trading blows during the round and it took Cantlay on the 72nd to drain a birdie putt to force extra holes.
Both men we on song early both birding the first hole. Cantlay went to on birdie the 2nd, 4th and 5th while DeChambeau birdied the 4th and 6th. If it wasn’t for a late bogey from Cantlay on the 9th hole he would have had a one shot lead after nine.
On the back nine DeChambeau birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th while Cantlay birdied the 11th, 12th and 14th. Both men were still tied after 15 holes and it became a 2 horse race as they pulled away from the field. When DeChambeau birdied the 16th he opened a one shot lead and it took Cantlay to respond with a birdie on the 18th to tie it all up again.
After going back and forth in the first 4 playoff holes, DeChambeau on the 5th playoff hole, par 3 17th hole, stiffed his tee shot to 6 feet. Cantlay who was second to play and watching this unfold hit one of his best tee shots of his life knocked it to 2 feet before both men calmly rolled in their birdies.
On the final playoff hole, both men found the fairway and with Cantlay playing first knocked his 6 iron to 17 feet. DeChambeau only had wedge in his hand hit his approach to 8 feet. Advantage DeChambeau or so we thought.
Stepping up to his putt, Cantlay gave it every chance and it was on the perfect line and pace. The ball did not disappoint and disappeared into the hole.
The tournament was not over at the point as DeChambeau still had a chance to extend. His left to right breaker down the hill was not an easy putt but was also makeable. Unfortunately for him his putt slide past the right hand side of the hole and Cantlay was the BMW Champion.