Patrick Cantlay Holds off Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm to Win 2020 Zozo Championship

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2020

Patrick Cantlay hits from the second tee during the final round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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As two of the top players in the world in Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm battled it out at the top of the leaderboard in the final round of the Zozo Championship on Sunday, 14th-ranked Patrick Cantlay quietly worked his way out of a tie for fourth place (-16) to take the lead and his third PGA Tour victory at Sherwood Country Club.


On cloud nine. 🏆 @Patrick_Cantlay wins @ZOZOCHAMP off a career-high 9 birdies during today's 65. https://t.co/0Kae3DAbbX

Thomas entered the final day of the Zozo Championship with a one-stroke lead over Rahm, with the third and second-ranked players in the world squaring off together in the final group. They stuck together through the front nine, entering the back half of the day tied at 22 under.


The back 9 on Sunday @ZOZOChamp: 1. @JustinThomas34, -22 (10) 1. @JonRahmPGA, -22 (10) 3. @Patrick_Cantlay, -20 (10) 4. @CoreConn, -19 (14) 5. @RussHenleyGolf, -18 (13) 5. Cameron Smith, -18 (12) 5. @Cameron__Champ, -18 (12) 5. @BubbaWatson, -18 (12) 5. @TheLanto61, -18 (10) https://t.co/8XucjA0Rzm

The 11th hole appeared to seal the deal for Rahm, the No. 2 player in the world, when he took the solo lead away from Thomas with a birdie. Cantlay also birdied the same hole to creep in closer on the pair at the top, and when Rahm had two subsequent bogeys, Cantlay emerged with a pair of birdies on Nos. 14 and 15. His birdie on No. 15 was his ninth of the day, tying his career best for birdies in a PGA Tour round. He finished the fourth round at seven under. 

Golf Digest @GolfDigest

Patrick Cantlay is dialed in at Sherwood. He leads by one. https://t.co/wSnvpB6tiA


SO close to an ace. 🎯 @Patrick_Cantlay is -8 thru 15 today. His lead is 2 @ZOZOChamp. #QuickHits https://t.co/AzVp1fVkxE

Rahm inched back within one of Cantlay's lead with a birdie on No. 15. He needed a birdie on the final hole to tie Cantlay and force a playoff, but his putt went wide right.

Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who won the Zozo Championship last year, entered Sunday tied for 68th of 77 players and played together for the 38th time, with Mickelson tying Ernie Els for the most times playing alongside Woods. The pairing was their ninth together in the final round of a tournament but the first time that it would have no effect on the outcome, according to the New York Post's Ted Holmlund.

There are two more PGA Tour events—the Bermuda Championship and the Houston Open—ahead of the Masters, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 to 15. 


Prize Payouts (via Golf Digest)

Win: Patrick Cantlay, -23, $1,440,000

T-2: Justin Thomas, -22, $704,000

T-2: Jon Rahm, -22, $704,000

T-4: Russell Henley, -19, $315,000

T-4: Cameron Smith, -19, $315,000

T-4: Bubba Watson, -19, $315,000

T-4: Ryan Palmer, -19, $315,000

8: $248,000

9: $232,000

10: $216,000

11: $200,000

12: $184,000

13: $168,000

14: $152,000

15: $142,720

16: $134,080

17: $126,080

18: $118,080

19: $110,080

20: $102,080

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