The American Patrick Cantlay He had a great duel with the Spanish for the third day in a row Jon rahm in the fight for the tournament title Tour Championship FedEx Cup, but this time in order not to lose ground in the leadership and win a blow that gives him two of advantage.
Rahm was not inspired by the first two rounds when he cut three of the four leads that started the Cantlay tournament as the leader of the FedEx Cup rankings. Thus, he fell one stroke behind, but kept all options open. to win the title and a $ 15 million prize on Sunday.
The American Justin thomas was in charge of delivering the best signed card of the day with 65 (-5) to be placed with 199 strokes and (-15), in this way, ascend to third place with (-15), five of the (-20) who owns Cantlay and three of Rahm’s (-18).
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Cantlay made his last birdie when he least expected it and felt it was worth more than an extra hit. Holding on to a one-shot lead over Rahm, he went from the right rough to the first of two bunkers in front of the 18th green with the pin hidden behind the second.
Cantlay shot safely from eight meters and had a 67 (-3) lead by two. “I thought it was a huge boost,” Cantlay said. “It was a good putt to make, especially being out of position on that hole. And I’ll build on that momentum tomorrow,” he added. The stage was set for a sprint to the FedEx Cup and its $ 15 million prize, with ramifications that could go even further.
For now, he was at 20 under par (200) with a two-shot lead over Rahm (198, -18) who had a record of 68 (-2), and he knows he will have his hands full, with a demanding East Lake course. and face the number one player in the world, who hates to lose as much as he does.
Money is a good talking point for Cantlay and Rahm, and even Thomas, who is still in the range of ensuring this is not a two-player match. “I don’t play to make money,” Cantlay said. “I play because I want to win golf tournaments and I love doing it. And I’m in a great place to do it tomorrow.”
Jon Rahm, at the 2021 . Tour Championship
To Rahm, the champion of US Open, was denied what appeared to be a sure victory at Memorial in early June when he had a six-shot lead, and then had to retire with a positive test for the Covid-19.
He was four shots behind with eight holes to play, made just one birdie and still made up ground when Cantlay, who had covered 46 holes with just one bogey, made three bogeys and missed a couple of birdie opportunities over the past nine years. , ending with his great ‘birdie’. “It was one of those days where there were a lot of numbers in between,” Rahm said. “There were a lot of three-quarters and finesse, and on certain holes I played a little more conservative and didn’t give myself the best opportunities to make putts,” he explained.
Thomas, who started the Tour Championship six shots behind due to his FedEx Cup position going into the final, was primed for the week’s low round aiming to get a little closer, but pulled his tee shot on On par 5 of 18, he went from rough to rough at 11 meters, then made three bogey putts, missing a putt of less than two meters. He finished five behind. “I can’t count on them having a bad day,” Thomas said. “I just have to go ahead and do my job.”
No one else was closer than seven shots from Cantlay, who started the week 10 under par after his win at the BMW Championship make him the first seed.
While mexican Abraham AncerAlthough he is far from the fight for the title, he completed his best journey with a record of 65 strokes (-5) that allowed him to regain 11 positions to have now 204 (-10) and climb to the fifth position that he shares with the American Billy horschel.
The Spanish veteran Sergio garcia He also stood out with his best performance so far this tournament, achieving a record of 66 (-4) to accumulate 204 (-6), climbing six positions and occupying the thirteenth, which he shares with two other players: the American Tony Finau and the australian Cameron smith.
The young Chilean Joaquin Niemann he improved in relation to the two previous days, but he did not go beyond par (70) to continue in the penultimate place with accumulated 213 strokes (+2).
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