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Patrick Cantlay draws on ‘self-belief’ as he wins golf’s $15 million FedEx Cup and Tour Championship

Cantlay’s final-round 69 at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club on Sunday noticed him end one shot forward of Jon Rahm on the PGA Tour’s season-ending occasion, wrapping up the FedEx Cup championship within the course of.

It comes as Cantlay has hit a wealthy vein of kind in latest weeks.

His nerveless placing and calm demeanor on the course have earned him the moniker “Patty Ice” amongst followers, and Cantlay as soon as extra lived as much as that nickname on Sunday as he held off a problem from Rahm.

“Self-belief’s an enormous factor doing what I do,” 29-year-old Cantlay informed CNN Sport’s Don Riddell.

“You’re on their lonesome on the market. You must have that self-belief to have the ability to come by means of when it issues … You do not get the chance to win tournaments that usually. It’s in contrast to the opposite sports activities in that regard.”

Cantlay celebrates with the FedEx Cup at East Lake.

‘Focus and lock in’

Cantlay led the FedEx Cup standings after overcoming a tense, six-hole playoff against Bryson DeChambeau on the BMW Championship final month.

He entered the ultimate spherical of the Tour Championship with a two-shot lead over world No. 1 Rahm, which was lower to a single shot all through the day.

Cantlay bogeyed the fifth, ninth and seventeenth holes to go together with birdies on the second, sixth, sixteenth and — crucially — 18th, the place an outstanding iron shot took him onto the inexperienced and inside 12 toes of the outlet.

Rahm, who completed the match with a bogey-free spherical, matched Cantlay with a birdie on the 18th, that means he remained one shot adrift.

“I simply informed myself to focus and lock in — that is what I informed myself all day,” stated Cantlay, who has six PGA Tour victories to his identify, 4 of which have come this yr.

Cantlay received an Atlanta Falcons jersey with his nickname "Patty Ice" on the back.

“I actually did an excellent job of staying current and focusing as laborious as I may on each shot. That’s what golf is — not getting forward of your self and simply locking in and giving each shot your full consideration.

“I’m actually pleased with myself for doing that and doing that immediately, and not solely immediately, however all through the entire week.”

Breakthrough yr

Cantlay’s FedEx Cup rating meant he began the Tour Championship on 10 below par — 4 photographs forward of Rahm — and he by no means relinquished his place on the high of the standings over the course of the 4 days.

He joins a distinguished listing of golfers to triumph within the season-long championship, together with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

“I believe I’m a man that lets my golf equipment do the speaking … I do not say rather a lot, I do not grandstand rather a lot,” stated Cantlay.

“But I really like golf and I really like competing on the largest stage towards the most effective gamers. I’m simply grateful to be the place I’m and doing what I do.”

On his approach to the highest, the Californian has skilled some darkish occasions, together with a severe again harm that pressured him to overlook three years of aggressive golf and nearly ended his profession.

Now, nevertheless, his stars appear to be aligning.

“I believe I’ll draw on these experiences for a very long time,” stated Cantlay.

“I’m going to have a number of tournaments hopefully in my profession and I’m going to be in related conditions sooner or later that I used to be this week and final week.

“Drawing on these optimistic reminiscences and remembering what it felt like to return by means of on the clutch — I believe that is nice for me going ahead.”

The FedEx Cup is the richest purse in golf. While Cantlay took house $15 million, Rahm earned $5 million as the runner-up and Kevin Na, who completed third forward of Justin Thomas on 16-under-par, $4 million.

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