The American Patrick Cantlay rallied this Sunday three places and was proclaimed champion of the Zozo Championship tournament of the PGA Tour by finishing with 65 strokes (-7) and adding 265 (-23).
Cantlay finished with a stroke of advantage over the Spanish Jon Rahm and the American Justin Thomas (266, -22).
The new 28-year-old champion claimed his third PGA Tour title.
On the fourth and final day he scored nine birdies and two bogeys, the last one on hole 16. This gave Rahm and Thomas, who led the two previous days, options.
But Rahm and Thomas failed and Cantlay pocketed more than a million and a half dollars and 500 points for the 2021 FedEx Cup qualifier.
“It has been a perfect day, I felt good from the start of the course, although the bogey on the 16th hole made things a bit complicated,” said Chantlay, who had not won a PGA Tour title since June 2, 2019 when he won at the Memorial Tournament.
Rahm, 25, who had come as a favorite, did not disappoint at Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, California, where he completed the fourth round with a signed scorecard of 68 strokes (-4).
The Spaniard, who came to the tournament as second in the world rankings, reaped four birdies, but then, after achieving the fifth birdie of the match on hole 11, he committed two consecutive bogeys on 12 and 13.
Although Rahm recovered with the sixth birdie of the game on the 16th hole, in the last two he could not pass par.
Thomas, who arrived on Sunday as the leader and with a stroke advantage, delivered a card of 69 strokes (-3), after making four birdies and a bogey. He saved second place with a birdie on the 18th hole.
The fourth place was shared by four players: three of them Americans, with 269 hits (-19).
Colombian Sebastián Muñoz lost 10 places in the classification and delivered a card of 72 (par) after achieving two birdies and two bogeys and adding 272 strokes (-16).
He was fourteenth along with two other players.
Chilean Joaquín Niemann rallied today for another three positions with 69 strokes (-3) that left him with 273 (-15). He was in seventeenth place with three other players.
Niemann started the course with two consecutive ‘bogeys’. He added five birdies, two of them on holes 16 and 17.
The Mexican Carlos Ortiz delivered a card of 71 hits (-1) and lost 10 places that left him in the 35th seat with 276 (-12).
His compatriot Abraham Ancer signed 66 hits (-6).
Ancer had six birdies, climbed 23 places and finished on the same step as Ortiz.
The disappointment of the tournament, which distributed prizes of eight million dollars, was produced by Tiger Woods, who came as champion and finished in 72nd place with 287 hits (-1).