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Patrick Cantlay celebrates after winning at Sherwood Country Club




Thousand Oaks,Ca.(AP) - Patrick Cantlay felt his swing was good enough

to take on any shot, and then it was a matter of making putts. He did

both exceptionally well Sunday in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood

for a victory he felt was overdue.

Cantlay rallied from a four-shot deficit and surged into the lead with four

birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine. He closed with a 7-under

65 and held on for a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.

It was the third victory of his career, and first in his home state of California.

All three required making up deficits of three shots or more in the final round.

“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,” Cantlay said.

He was looking to join what had been shaping up as a duel between Rahm

and Thomas, the Nos. 2 and 3 players in the world. Instead, Cantlay

surged past them with three straight birdies — a 3-wood to the fringe

on the par-5 13th that set up a simple two-putt, a 7-iron to 18 feet on

the next hole and the most exquisite shot of his final round on the par-3


With a three-quarter 7-iron to a front pin over a tiny rock-lined lagoon,

the ball landed next to the hole and rolled out to 10 feet for his ninth

birdie of the round, and only the fifth birdie at No. 15 on Sunday.

“That’s a hard hole and to make a birdie,” he said. “It was just one of

those swings where you make the swing exactly how you picture it in

your head.”

That gave him a three-shot cushion, and his challengers never caught

up. As much as Cantlay celebrated, Rahm and Thomas were left to rue

their mistakes.

Rahm took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 11th, only to drop shots

on each of the next two holes, including the par-5 13th. The Spaniard

had a chance to force a playoff, but narrowly missed from 15 feet on

the par-3 17th and from 20 feet on the final hole. He closed with a 68.