Patrick Cantlay took advantage of the pre-tournament buffer afforded to him as the FedExCup leader to claim the Tour Championship from Jon Rahm by a solitary stroke. Here is what the American had in the bag when banking the US$15 million prize.
WINNING SCORE: 21-under-par, 269.
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.
- Unsurprisingly, Cantlay made no equipment changes ahead of the Tour Championship following his dramatic play-off win over Bryson DeChambeau just last week at the BMW Championship. As a player who plays a number of older models and clearly needs a lot of convincing to make a switch, Cantlay will likely spend time testing Titleist’s new models once the Ryder Cup is complete and the Tour season restarts in the northern hemisphere’s Autumn. Prying his 718 AP2 irons will be quite a task, however. The model helped Cantlay to rank 10th in greens in regulation for the season, hitting over 70 percent of greens in 24 starts and was released in late 2017.
Cantlay’s experimenting with numerous putters over the past two years eventually saw him land on the mallet Phantom X model he currently has in the bag back in April. However, a small change during The Northern Trust has clearly paid dividends for the 29-year-old from California. Changing to the same putter with a sighline on the topline at the halfway point of the Playoffs opener, Cantlay has since finished T11, 1st, 1st. Cantlay also adding a line to his ball for short putts to use in combination with the alignment aid on his putter in recent times.
Cantlay’s sixth PGA Tour win, and fourth this season, marks the 36th from 50 events for Titleist golf balls in 2020/21 on the world’s biggest circuit. His FedExCup the seventh time the season-long race has been claimed by a player using the Pro V1 or Pro V1x across its 15 years.
QUOTE: "I think it's really fun. It's exactly why I play golf. I play golf so I can be in those moments against the best players in the world. It's why I practice so hard. It's why I'm in love with the game because it's that great vehicle for competition.” – Patrick Cantlay.