By Keith Jackson
Patrick Cantlay made a clutch par on the first extra hole to edge out Collin Morikawa and land his second victory at The Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
As the fallout from Jon Rahm’s unfortunate withdrawal continued to dominate discussion at Muirfield Village, Cantlay put the off-course distractions to one side and came out on top in a tense duel with Morikawa, who had the upper hand when he birdied both par-fives on the back nine.
One behind with two to play, Cantlay holed a superb putt for a priceless birdie at the 17th, and both made excellent pars following wayward drives at the 72nd hole to finish tied at the top on 13 under, with both handing in one-under 71s.
Morikawa gained the advantage off the tee when the pair returned to the 18th, splitting the fairway with a perfect drive while Cantlay blocked his tee shot into the right rough.
But Morikawa was unable to back up his drive with a decent second and tugged his approach into the lush grass to the left of the green, while Cantlay was able to gouge his ball into the greenside bunker, from where he splashed out to 12 feet after his rival’s pitch had run an uncomfortable distance beyond the pin.
Again, Cantlay’s putter was on the mark as he judged the right-to-left par putt to perfection, but Morikawa’s putt to extend the play-off slid past the cup on the left to leave Cantlay receiving the congratulations from tournament host, Jack Nicklaus.
The pair finished one ahead of Scottie Scheffler, who forced his way into the equation with birdies at 14 and 15 only to miss from six feet for par at the last, his round of 70 being one too many to join the play-off.
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In-form South African Branden Grace holed from 40 feet on the final green to post a 71 and snatch outright fourth place on 10 under ahead of former Masters champion Patrick Reed, while Open champion Shane Lowry enjoyed a top-six finish after a closing 70 got him to six under par.
Rory McIlroy gave himself a chance to claim a top-10 finish when he made three birdies in five holes on the back nine to jump to three under, but he bogeyed the 16th and 17th to return his third 72 of the tournament, leaving him in a tie for 18th place on one under.
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June 7, 2021, 7:00pm
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