The 2021 Circuit Championship has been made up of two golfers throughout the week, and it is the same two golfers who will play Sunday in the final duo for the third consecutive round. Patrick Cantlay (-20) and Jon Rahm (-18) both shot below par on Saturday and begin to circle the field as they seek the grand prize that accompanies the FedEx Cup playoff victory.
There will be $ 10 million at stake when these two take part in the final round of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season as the winner receives $ 15 million, with second place winning a nice farewell gift of $ 5 million. of dollars. Anyone else in this tournament sneaking into one of those top two spots would be really a surprise given how well Cantlay and Rahm played over the first 54 holes. Justin Thomas is the closest player to one of them, and he is ahead of Rahm by three and Cantlay by five before Sunday.
“I hope [it doesn’t take a 62 or 63 to win]”Thomas said.” But again, there is nothing I can do about what they are doing, and for my sake they unfortunately played really good golf. In this format, going ahead and playing good golf is hard to catch up. “
Let’s take a closer look at their three rounds and who the other chasers are as we head into the final round at East Lake Golf Club as 30 golfers sort through a total purse of $ 46 million on Sunday afternoon.
1. Patrick Cantlay (-20): BMW Championship Cantlay was back on Saturday as he put on everything he looked and made up for some choppy approach play with a hot putter. Most of his damage was done on the first nine, and it started with a 15-foot putt on the first. He then made three more putts over 10 feet to shoot 3 under on that side, which he mostly kept on the second nine. Then he went all-out Stephen Curry with a 23-footer on the last hole for birdie and a 67 to regain a two-stroke lead over his playing partner.
Rahm is a freight train going down, so Cantlay’s tank will be empty no matter when this thing is over, but he’s got the game and the wit to withstand an assault on the last turn. With contrasting behaviors, it should be – just like last week’s playoffs between Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau – really fun to watch over the final 18 holes.
2. Jon Rahm (-18): Like Cantlay, Rahm didn’t have his best tee-to-green gear on Saturday, but also like Cantlay, he did with his putter. If Cantlay is to keep hitting the 20 and 25-footers, there isn’t much the US Open champion can do. It could also be a sign that Rahm has been lousy with his iron game this week, despite a good number of tee-to-greens. Sure, he’ll bring it on the final day with that amount of cash on the line, not to mention a second win and possibly PGA Tour Player of the Year on the line. But that latest birdie bomb from Cantlay doesn’t was not trivial, and it looks like it’s going to take something special for Rahm to win his first FedEx Cup.
3. Justin Thomas (-15): JT mostly did what he had to do to have a chance on Sunday. His 65 Saturday included, at one point out of the last nine, five 3s in a row. He got away with a shot through a tree on the 18th, but three putts for a bad bogey at that last hole that he might regret at the end of round 4. If he scores a crazy victory in round four. final round on Sunday, it will likely be because a putter he has struggled with throughout the year got hot at the very end of the season (despite that late 3-putt). Thomas has been winning shots with his putter every round this week after losing shots in three of four rounds last week at the BMW Championship. He said on Saturday that the money at stake on Sunday would not affect him.
“I just want to win the golf tournament,” Thomas said. “I mean, really. I mean, obviously the money is great and I would rather have it than not have it, but for me to say that I won the FedEx Cup and won the tournament is a lot for me. Maybe it’s because I had the chance to play well and already win a lot where I don’t feel like I should think about it. I don’t know, it’s just the way i’m motivated and motivated i guess. “
4. Kevin Na (-13): Na is actually T2 behind Rahm if you take out the staggered starting scores, which is an impressive feat for him considering the quality of this pitch. Na has been very good for a long time, but winning a circuit championship would certainly be the biggest victory of his career (even if he didn’t technically win the FedEx Cup, he would still get an official OWGR victory on Sunday if he finished. with the lowest 72 hole score of the week). Na hasn’t bogeyed from the 15th hole of the first round and has been almost flawless everywhere except off the tee. He’s probably playing for the third (as is everyone behind him), but when the third is $ 4 million it’s a good thing to play for.
T5. Billy Horschel, Abraham Ancer (-10): Horschel was asked about the potential to play his part in choosing a Ryder Cup captain, and he gave a really interesting answer. “Like I said yesterday, I think at the start of the week I think I wouldn’t have been picked,” said Horschel, who is T4 in the standings with no starting scores. “I knew I had to play well this week. But if I wasn’t playing well I mean I’m going to play Wentworth next week. I mean I’m not going to go home and stay in my room and cry not to make a team. But now, now I think I have an opportunity. At least my name is going to be mentioned, maybe, at worst, for the way I’ve played these last few days. Is – does that mean I don’t know. At the end of the day, I can only go and play some good golf, and I hope they maybe see something that I can bring to the team up or team up, team up with someone. “
T7. Viktor Hovland, Bryson DeChambeau (-9): Hovland continues to lead this event in winning shots from tee to green, just ahead of Cantlay and Rahm. Since he won less than $ 10 million on the PGA Tour during his short career, he also has a parcel play for Sunday. Neither of these three has a chance to take first place, but Na in fourth and Thomas in third are close at hand. DeChambeau had a crazy day that ended with him deliberately playing the wrong hole on the 18th tee and getting a free drop because someone picked up his ball. He hit his next shot on the green on par 5 and landed two putts for a birdie to enter the house at 2 of 72. A very normal Bryson birdie.
T9. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Xander Sc Chaudele (-8): Again, no one in this group is going to win, but this placement is remarkable as the top eight in this field all make at least $ 1 million. These three guys will also be part of the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, and this will be the last time we see them before Whistling Straits. I’m not sure there’s any momentum to be had three weeks before a tag team event, but with the way Collin Morikawa played (not great), Brooks Koepka’s removal from that event on Saturday (wrist) and all what surrounds DeChambeau (which is a lot), it would be nice if Steve Stricker could look at these three for some stability against Europe.