Patrick Cantlay rallies to beat Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas at Zozo Championship

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Patrick Cantlay rallied from 4 photographs behind and bought far sufficient forward that Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas could not fairly catch him Sunday within the Zozo Championship at Sherwood.

Cantlay closed with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot victory, the third of his profession, and first in his house state of California. All three required making up a deficit of three photographs or extra.

As a lot as Cantlay celebrated a victory he felt was overdue, Rahm and Thomas had been left to rue their errors.

Rahm took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 eleventh, solely to drop photographs on every of the following two holes, together with the par-5 thirteenth. The Spaniard had an opportunity to power a playoff, however narrowly missed from 15 toes on the par-3 seventeenth and from 20 toes on the ultimate gap. He shot 68.

Thomas, who began the spherical with a one-shot lead, needed to scramble for par on the final two par 5s, and hit into hazards on consecutive holes down the stretch. His tee shot to a entrance pin on the par-3 fifteenth plugged into thick grass, and Thomas did remarkably effectively to hack out to 30 toes and make bogey.

Cantlay, within the group forward of Thomas and Rahm, bungled the par-5 sixteenth by lacking the inexperienced from 114 yards and making solely his second bogey of the spherical, and the event. That lowered his result in two photographs.

Thomas drilled a drive and was in good place with a 4-iron. However he despatched that out to the correct, attempting to keep away from a shot left of the inexperienced, and it bounced off a tree and into the creek. After the penalty drop, he needed to play a fabulous pitch-and-run off onerous pan to get up-and-down for par.

However he wanted birdies, and that did not come for Thomas till he wanted to gap out from the 18th fairway for eagle. His method landed 4 toes subsequent to the opening. The birdie gave him a 69, and denied Rahm a small comfort. Rahm wanted to complete second alone to return to No. 1 on the earth.

Dustin Johnson, a Sherwood member who missed this week recovering from a constructive coronavirus take a look at, stays No. 1.

Cantlay moved again into the highest 10. He has no weak point in his sport apart from the victory tally. Cantlay had gone greater than a 12 months since his final victory, when he rallied from three behind at Muirfield Village to win the Memorial. His different win was in Las Vegas in 2017 when he got here from 4 photographs again and gained in a playoff.

At a event with low scoring, he had no alternative however to provide his better of the week. Cantlay opened with 4 birdies in six holes to get within the combine, and he surged into the lead with 4 birdies in a five-hole stretch on the entrance 9.

The ultimate birdie was the hardest, a 7-iron he hit at three-quarter velocity that landed proper subsequent to the opening and rolled out to 10 toes for his third straight birdie.

Thomas and Rahm supplied some assistance on the par-5 thirteenth. Thomas went from thick tough to extra thick tough and nonetheless had 189 yards for his third shot, and he ended up making a tricky par save from the gathering space behind the inexperienced. Rahm was within the fairway and in vary, however he got here up effectively brief right into a bunker, left that in need of the inexperienced and missed an 8-foot par.

Nobody else was inside 4 photographs of Cantlay.

The opposite present at Sherwood was on the alternative facet of the course, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson enjoying collectively within the closing spherical with no followers. There was nothing to see, anyway.

Woods closed with a 74 and nonetheless beat Mickelson by 4 photographs. Mickelson, coming off a victory final week on the PGA Tour Champions, had 5 6s on his card. Each completed out of the highest 70 in opposition to a 78-man area.

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