It took six extra holes with Bryson DeChambeau, but Patrick Cantlay eventually emerged victorious at the BMW Championship. Take an in-depth look at the equipment the American used to claim his third win of the 2020/21 PGA Tour season.
WINNING SCORE: 27-under-par, 261.
DRIVER: Titleist TS3 with 9.5˚ loft, fitted with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana ZF 70 TX shaft.
3 WOOD: Titleist 915F with 15˚ loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana ZF 70 TX shaft.
HYBRID: Titleist TS2 with 21˚ loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana ZF 80 TX shaft.
IRONS: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-iron to 9-iron), with True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100 shafts.
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46˚-10˚ F Grinds, 52˚-08˚ F Grind & 56˚-08˚ M Grind) and Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (61˚), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts.
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x.
- Cantlay is known not to tinker with his equipment beyond the odd minor change, his approach helping to become one of the best ball strikers on Tour and seeing a vast improvement on the greens. The 29-year-old’s irons were released in late 2017 and are fitted with lighter shafts than many of his fellow PGA Tour players, the combination seeing Cantlay find more than 80 percent of the greens in regulation around Caves Valley this week. Still not a light shaft compared to the graphite and lightweight steel shafts on offer in the market, Cantlay’s True Temper 120 shafts come in around 10 grams per shaft lighter than the company’s gold standard Dynamic Gold shafts.
Having experimented more with his putter over the past 12 months than ever before in his professional career, Cantlay settled on a Scotty Cameron mallet earlier this year before clinching The Memorial Tournament. Cantlay ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting this week having made a very small change to his putter last week and then again this week. The Californian moved into a slightly different version of the Phantom X mallet at The Northern Trust, telling the media on Saturday this week “I don't like to change too much”, while commentator Paul Azinger alluded to another change during the play-off. Cantlay was reportedly uncomfortable with the grip on his new flatstick, having the grip reinstalled slightly open earlier this week.
In addition to the putter, one other club has been different in Cantlay’s bag for all three of his wins this season. Changing shafts in his hybrid from his first win at the ZOZO Championship prior to claiming The Memorial for a second time, Cantlay now has a different model altogether for the club that lies between his longest iron and 3-wood. Carrying 21° of loft, the same as a fairly traditional 3-iron, Cantlay’s hybrid is now a TS2 model with a shaft to match his driver and fairway wood.
So far Titleist golf balls have claimed both FedExCup Playoffs events, with Cantlay’s win marking the 27th from 38 PGA Tour events in 2021 for the Pro V1 and Pro V1x range.
QUOTE: "My game feels really good. It has for a while now, since Memorial, and I'm finally starting to putt like me again. It's really nice.” – Patrick Cantlay.