Zozo Championship R4

Patrick Cantlay wins third PGA title

October 22-25
Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, California
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




Patrick Cantlay started his final round in the Zozo Championship three shots behind overnight leader Justin Thomas and closed with a 7-under 65 to win his third PGA title by one shot.


“I put in a lot of work and try to do the right things all the time, so when it all does come together, it’s really rewarding because it’s all that hard work paying off.”

Five birdies in his first nine holes put him in contention alongside Thomas and Jon Rahm who had been dueling for the title but four birdies between the 11th and 15th got him the lead where he stayed in spite of a bogey on the 16th.



Rahm had an opportunity to force a playoff at the 17th but narrowly missed a 15 foot putt, then a 20 foot putt on the final hole and closed with a 68.

Thomas made a few mistakes and only managed three birdies leaving him in need of an eagle on the 18th but only made birdie.

“You could say a lot of things, making one birdie my last 12 holes, shooting even par on the back nine, playing the par 5s 1 under. But I know I made a lot of really key putts when I felt like I needed to. But again, it just (stinks) when you’re right there and you don’t get it done.”

Reflecting on his performance Thomas said he will need to work on his focus before the Masters. Other players have talked about the difficulty of staying mentally sharp when playing without fans and Thomas felt the lack on Sunday.

“I’ve got to find a way to kind of just stay a little bit more focused out there. It’s crazy, but sometimes it’s hard to just kind of keep the killer instinct and stay in the zone when it’s as quiet as it is out there. It’s tough, but we’re all dealing with it and I just have to find a little bit better way to cope with that.”



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The other duel taking place at the other end of the leaderboard was between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Woods opened on Thursday with a 74 and seemed to recover with a 66 the next day but his 72 on Saturday and his final 74 confirm he has a lot of work to do before the Masters next month.

“I did not drive the ball and didn’t hit my irons close enough consistently. The only thing I can take out of this week that I did positively, I feel like each and every day and pretty much every hole is, I putted well. I feel like I rolled it great. Unfortunately, most of them were for pars and a couple for bogeys here and there, but not enough for birdies.”



He is considering playing the Houston Open for the first time to get more practice.

“I’m not going to wait around on that decision and commit either way, one way or the other. We were talking about our progression and our training sessions and we’ll be in the gym tomorrow afternoon and get back after it that way, but I’ll make a decision quickly on whether or not I’m going to play Houston or not.”

Woods finished T72 (out of 77 players) at 1-under, 287 and still bested Mickelson by four shots. Mickelson, who won last week’s PGA Tour Champions event, made five bogeys and three double bogeys on Sunday.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Patrick Cantlay
-23
67
65
68
65
265
T2
Jon Rahm
-22
68
67
63
68
266
T2
Justin Thomas
-22
65
65
67
69
266
T4
Russell Henley
-19
68
72
63
66
269
T4
Ryan Palmer
-19
69
65
66
69
269
T4
Cameron Smith
-19
67
69
66
67
269
T4
Bubba Watson
-19
70
63
68
68
269
T8
Cameron Champ
-18
70
68
65
67
270
T8
Corey Conners
-18
69
67
68
66
270
T8
Joel Dahmen
-18
68
70
65
67
270
T11
Tony Finau
-17
69
64
69
69
271
T11
Dylan Frittelli
-17
66
65
70
70
271
T11
Lanto Griffin
-17
66
65
68
72
271
T14
Kevin Kisner
-16
66
67
73
66
272
T14
Sebastián Muñoz
-16
64
70
66
72
272
T14
Patrick Reed
-16
70
63
71
68
272
T17
Daniel Berger
-15
69
68
69
67
273
T17
Jason Kokrak
-15
69
65
69
70
273
T17
Rory McIlroy
-15
73
67
67
66
273
T17
Joaquin Niemann
-15
70
66
68
69
273
T17
Alex Noren
-15
67
68
68
70
273
T17
Justin Rose
-15
67
67
72
67
273
T17
Xander Schauffele
-15
69
72
67
65
273
T17
Scottie Scheffler
-15
67
65
69
72
273
T17
Webb Simpson
-15
69
65
67
72
273
T26
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-14
69
65
67
73
274
T26
Brian Harman
-14
66
68
67
73
274
T28
Tyler Duncan
-13
68
68
72
67
275
T28
Harris English
-13
66
67
72
70
275
T28
Tyrrell Hatton
-13
65
68
76
66
275
T28
Hideki Matsuyama
-13
70
71
68
66
275
T28
Kevin Na
-13
70
65
69
71
275
T28
Shaun Norris
-13
68
73
67
67
275
T28
Kevin Streelman
-13
74
67
70
64
275
T35
Byeong Hun An
-12
74
68
67
67
276
T35
Abraham Ancer
-12
67
66
77
66
276
T35
Paul Casey
-12
69
71
69
67
276
T35
Talor Gooch
-12
74
63
71
68
276
T35
Satoshi Kodaira
-12
68
66
70
72
276
T35
Carlos Ortiz
-12
72
65
68
71
276
T41
Mark Hubbard
-11
67
70
71
69
277
T41
Mackenzie Hughes
-11
67
72
68
70
277
T41
Sungjae Im
-11
68
68
69
72
277
T41
Takumi Kanaya
-11
70
67
68
72
277
T41
Brad Kennedy
-11
72
67
66
72
277
T41
Jordan Spieth
-11
70
66
74
67
277
T47
Tom Hoge
-10
71
70
69
68
278
T47
Viktor Hovland
-10
71
64
71
72
278
T47
Brendon Todd
-10
69
69
70
70
278
T50
Jim Herman
-9
70
65
72
72
279
T50
Andrew Landry
-9
69
67
70
73
279
T50
Collin Morikawa
-9
71
65
72
71
279
T50
Matthew Wolff
-9
69
69
75
66
279
T54
Gunn Charoenkul
-8
73
67
69
71
280
T54
Harry Higgs
-8
73
66
73
68
280
T54
Matt Kuchar
-8
70
69
70
71
280
T57
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
70
68
74
69
281
T57
Rickie Fowler
-7
71
67
73
70
281
T57
Richy Werenski
-7
72
61
72
76
281
T60
Jason Day
-6
68
71
69
74
282
T60
Jazz Janewattananond
-6
73
66
70
73
282
T60
Chan Kim
-6
69
73
67
73
282
T63
Adam Hadwin
-5
75
67
70
71
283
T63
Ryo Ishikawa
-5
73
66
70
74
283
T63
Nick Taylor
-5
70
68
71
74
283
T66
Mikumu Horikawa
-4
74
74
69
67
284
T66
Shugo Imahira
-4
75
64
69
76
284
T66
Adam Long
-4
77
72
66
69
284
69
Billy Horschel
-3
72
67
73
73
285
T70
Marc Leishman
-2
71
73
72
70
286
T70
Brendan Steele
-2
72
70
68
76
286
T72
Rikuya Hoshino
-1
68
70
75
74
287
T72
Danny Lee
-1
72
76
70
69
287
T72
Tiger Woods
-1
76
66
71
74
287
75
Naoki Sekito
1
71
80
68
70
289
76
Phil Mickelson
3
72
74
67
78
291
77
Michael Thompson
6
76
73
72
73
294
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