Patrick Cantlay booked his place in the Ryder Cup with a sudden-death victory against Bryson DeChambeau to win the BMW Championship in Baltimore. There was a lot on the line heading into Caves Valley as the tournament approached the final round. With the midday sun in the South beating down the tension was palpable; nerves began to kick in throughout a competitive matchup — both Americans trying to ease out the other to gain supremacy in the latest golf betting odds and claim the highest rank.
Cantlay eventually secured victory via a six-hole playoff to earn a fifth professional PGA Tour win, and a third of the season building on the surge of momentum from championing the Memorial Tournament in Ohio back in June, defeating Collin Morikawa — although tournament favourite and previous holder Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw after a positive coronavirus test. The next question that will be asked of Cantlay is can he replicate his success in Baltimore heading into the Ryder Cup, read on as we try to look at the next steps for the 29-year-old to continue his successful summer.
Having already represented the National side previously in the 2019 Presidents Cup, Cantlay brings a calm demeanour to the Ryder Cup team. His BMW Championship victory ensured he would be part of the US Team when the competition starts at the end of the month. Cantlay comes in to make his debut as the number one seed in the FedExCup playoffs with so much composure despite his rookie status. His short game is impressive, with some beautiful putting on display in his victory over DeChambeau, fully utilising the ice-cold nerves when it comes to the big moments — something that US captain Steve Stricker will be happy with and certainly look to capitalise on.
Walking into a national side littered in success could be a daunting process, especially with golf betting tips predicting a close battle with Europe later this month, but we think Cantlay has the presence required to fit right in and flourish at Whistling Straits.
If the performance in Baltimore wasn’t encouraging enough, Cantlay made everyone aware of his anticipation for the Ryder Cup clear in his post-match interview. It is refreshing to see a golfer to eager to play and represent his country.“It’s nice to get in on points,” said Cantlay. “I’m really looking forward to the Ryder Cup. I’ve heard so much about it and watched it growing up. I’m sure it will be everything I’ve imagined and more. I will lock in there, and hopefully we’ll get a victory.”
Having beat worthy opposition in DeChambeau, who often divides opinion, the experience of a sudden death victory, and the steely nature in which Cantlay secured it, will stand him in good stead for further success.
Facing such a formidable opponent is added pressure and it is testament to the Californians character that he was so composed throughout — the same can’t be said for DeChambeau, following a heated argument with a fan after the game. After his birdie attempt slipped past the hole he lost control of the tie, allowing Cantlay to secure victory,heexchanged expletives with a member of the crowd. Clearly rattled by the loss, the 27-year-old will be bidding for a win in the FedExCup which could see a rematch with Cantlay.