Patrick Cantlay tops Collin Morikawa in playoff to win Memorial

Collin Morikawa hits his shot on the ninth hole fairway during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.
Collin Morikawa hits his shot on the ninth hole fairway during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.
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Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa, who found themselves tied for first after Jon Rahm's Covid-related withdrawal, still couldn't decide a winner through 18 holes Sunday before Cantlay sunk a 12-foot putt to win on the first playoff hole in Dublin, Ohio.

Cantlay, who had narrowly missed a 24-foot birdie putt on 18 that would have won the tournament in regulation, made the par putt in the playoff; Morikawa failed to sink his par putt from only six feet, giving Cantlay his second Memorial title in three years.

"This week was a really good week," Cantlay said. "I played very solid most every day. A little more up-and-down today. There were a few short putts, mid-range putts, that I normally would make that today I didn't, which made it a little more of a grind.

"But made a few long ones. So it ended up being just enough and a tough playoff where Collin and I were really trading blows all day. So it felt really good. I stayed within myself and comfortable and confident and I really did my best to stay present and I think I did a good job."

Morikawa and Cantlay both shot 1-under 71s on Sunday, finishing at 13-under 275.

Rahm, who held the tournament's largest-ever three-round lead, was forced to withdraw following a positive test for Covid-19.

"It was such a weird situation, so unfortunate," Cantlay said. "Everyone, me included, knows it would be totally different today if that hadn't happened. But there's nothing I could do about it. I tried as hard as I could to reset and refocus."

Morikawa, who carded four birdies and three bogeys, hit a relatively short birdie putt on the par 5 15th to take a brief lead.

A birdie putt on No 17 from Cantlay forced a tie with Morikawa. On 17, Cantlay sharpened his focus during a brief weather delay before stepping back on the green to nail a long, clutch putt to pull even again.

Twin pars on the 18th brought the two back to the tee at 18 for the playoff.

"Obviously it sucks to lose a playoff," Morikawa said. "But today was a grind and that's all I could focus on. I was not hitting - I was hitting the ball well, but it didn't show that. I couldn't really hit a green for my life."

Scottie Scheffler, who tied for the lead with a birdie at No 15, finished third after a 2-under 70.

Branden Grace shot 1-under 71 and finished fourth, while Patrick Reed's 3-under 69 lifted him into fifth place.

- Field Level Media



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