Highlights | Round 1 | TOUR Championship | 2021


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The 2021 PGA Tour playoffs end this week with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The top 30 players in the Fed Ex Cup points standings are in the field and will compete for the first-place prize of $15 million. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion FedEx Cup champion. Sports Illustrated2021 Tour Championship: Purse, Prize Money, FedEx Cup Payouts at East Lake

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Dechambeau had an amazing week at the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.: He shot a 60, made 27 birdies, had four eagles and he was No. 1 in driving. But, he became the first golfer ever to shoot a 27-under or less through 72 holes and lose on the PGA Tour.

This match on Sunday between Cantlay and Dechambeau is a perfect example of how important chipping and putting is to shoot a low score on the golf course. These two great golfers went shot for shot down the back nine; what an exciting afternoon that did not end after 72 holes.

They were tied with three holes left to play and on the 16th hole, Dechambeau made a birdie putt to take a one-stroke lead. On the 17th hole, both players made a bogey on the par 3. So it came down to the 18th hole and Cantlay made a 21-foot putt to tie up the match. Dechambeau had a chance to win, but he missed his 12-foot putt. This was the beginning of an intense six-hole playoff.

The playoff began with Dechambeau continuing to hit great tee shots and Cantlay playing very consistent golf with many opportunities to make key putts while under lots of pressure. Cantlay had a very intense look on his face and he was focused while showing no emotions.

On the fifth playoff hole, the par 3 No. 17, both players hit great tee shots, first was Dechambeau leaving his ball six feet from the hole. That put added pressure on Cantlay, who hit his shot just shy of three feet to the cup. After they both made their putts, it was off to the next hole in this exciting match.

On the last playoff hole No. 18, both players hit great drives and second shots to the green. Cantlay continued to make one more clutch putt to birdie the hole — it was outside 17 feet and then Dechambeau missed his putt by inches. The victory went to Patrick Cantlay.

Dechambeau had so many chances to win, he missed five straight putts — the last two holes in regulation and the first three holes in the playoff. All of those putts were inside 20 feet. Any of those putts would have made him the winner.

It all came down to the putting to determine the winner on Sunday. On the back nine, Cantlay gained more strokes with his putter than 80 percent of the field did the rest of the week. Hole after hole, late in the day, Cantlay made the key putts to not only force a playoff. He continued to hang in there for 6 more holes and close it out with a 17-footer when he needed it the most!

This is the third and final week of the FedEx Playoffs with the Tour Championship hosted at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Cantlay has earned enough points to be ranked No. 1 with a head start of 10-under before he tees off. Tony Finau will start at 8-under; Dechambeau at 7-under; Jon Rahm, 6-under; and Cameron Smith at 5-under. These are the top five players out of 30 who will be competing for a chance to win $15 million and take home the FedEx Cup.

Also this weekend, in the world of the LPGA, the Solheim Cup will be played at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. This competition between the top women professional golfers from Europe and the United States. It is a three-day match play event between teams of 12 players with a similar format to the Ryder Cup.

Here are the weekly results from some of the golf courses in the area that have some avid golfers enjoying the competition of their weekly leagues.

Wentworth Golf Club, Route 16, Jackson, (603) 383-9641: The Ladies League Championship was held on Wednesday. Results will not be available until Sept. 15 when everyone is at the league meeting.

Upcoming events include the Fall 4 Ball scheduled for Sept. 19 and the Cross-Country Tournament slated for Oct. 17. Teams that played in last season’s cross-country tournament have the first option for one of the 14 openings.

The Red Fox League dinner and awards night are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and awards starting at 6 p.m.

Eagle Mountain Golf Course, Carter Notch Road, Jackson, (603) 383-9090: In last week’s Thursday Night Scramble, the winners were Jane and Bruce Carr along with Adam Mosston. Adam also won closest-to-the-pin honors.

The first week of the Fall Don Ho League saw the team Par Tee capture first place at -6. The Switchback team took second at -4 and the Chislas was third at -3. Erin Jacobs and Kevin Young won the long drive competition while Terry Fitzgerald won the closest-to-the-pin competition.

Hale’s Location Golf Course, West Side Road, North Conway, (603) 356-2140: Men’s League results for Aug. 31, saw first place go to J.J. Green with +8 points, followed by Mike Castonguay at +5 points and there was a four-way tie for fourth between Bill Earle, Denis Lavoie, Brian Gilpatrick and John Rafferty, all with +3 points. Closest-to-the-pin on No. 6 went to Tom Proulx.

Ladies League results for Aug. 30, saw Sandy Wolner take the top spot with +7 points, followed by Rosemary Klaus at +4 and Jeanne Wright with +3 points. Closest-to-the-pin on No. 3 was Jeanne Wright, while the longest putt on No. 3 was sunk by Denise Woodcock.

Lake Kezar Country Club, Route 5, Lovell, Maine, (207) 925-2462: Last Friday, the Professional Logging Contractors “Log A Load for Maine Kids” held their third annual golf tournament. They raised a record $41,696 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Maine. The event was a huge success. The volunteers for this event did a great job with fundraising and organizing the tournament. Lake Kezar Country Club is happy to be a small part of the fundraising success.

The club is opening up a 2022 membership special. Join now and get September and October of this year with your membership along with 2022. Sign up online or at the clubhouse. This is an extra two months of golf.

Since the Superintendent’s Revenge was such a success, another one is in the works for Wednesday, Sept. 8. Call to sign up. The entry fee is $20 per person.

Don’t forget to sign up for the 30th annual Fryeburg Rec Tournament. Come out and support this event. This golf tournament was a big part of completing the David and Doris Hastings Community Center. If you haven’t stopped in to see the community center, you will be quite impressed.

North Conway Country Club, Norcross Circle, North Conway, (603) 356-5244: The club hosted the annual Operation Hat Trick tournament on Aug. 19. The winners for the men were Adam Lanzilotti and Rich Vargus. In the mixed division, Julie Rivers and Harold Kazanjian took the top spot, while for the ladies, Alice McElhinney and Anne Rourke finished in first.

NCCC Senior Club Cup was also held last week and the winners were Mary Deveau for the ladies and Dana Russian, after a three-golfer playoff, for the men.

This year’s Ladies Club Cup winner was Nancy Morris, who defeated Donna Wallace for the championship.

Indian Mound Golf Course, Center Ossipee, (603) 539-7733: The Wolfeboro Lions Club’s 16th annual golf tournament will be on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Stop by the pro shop to pick up an application.

Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, (603) 278-4653: The Mount Washington Resort Golf Club offers a variety of lessons and workshops to help golfers of all levels of ability improve their game. All clinic schedules are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Please contact the Pro Shop to book your lesson or for the latest details at (603) 278-GOLF (4653). Please check in at the Pro Shop at least 10 minutes before the start of the lesson.

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” — Ben Hogan

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Cantlay starts with lead and keeps his distance at East Lake

The Philadelphia Inquirer 02 September, 2021 - 06:31pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Patrick Cantlay met his goal in the first round of the Tour Championship on Thursday, and it had nothing to do with the score on his card or the size of his lead.

As the top seed in the FedEx Cup, he started with a two-shot lead over Tony Finau before even hitting a shot. He finished the warm, breezy day at East Lake at 3-under 67 with a two-shot lead over Jon Rahm.

This was all about playing another tournament round.

“I think being in the spot that I'm in, it would be easy to get ahead of yourself and easy to maybe stray from your game plan because you feel like you're ahead,” Cantlay said. “And that's just not helpful, so I'm not going to do that.”

Only four players had a better score, so it was a good day regardless of the format that allows player to start at various points under par depending on their FedEx Cup position.

Rahm began by chipping in for birdie, kept the round from getting away from him with a few key saves — one for bogey, one for par — at the turn, and ran off four birdies over his last seven holes for a 65.

Cantlay, who started at 10-under par, moved to 13 under.

Five shots behind was Bryson DeChambeau and Harris English, and only one of them managed to pick up a little ground on Cantlay while delivering one of the more exciting moments.

That would be English, who was headed in the wrong direction when he stepped to the tee at the par-3 15th over water, the second-toughest hole at East Lake, smashed a 5-iron from 224 yards and watched it drop for a hole-in-one, the first one since the Tour Championship first came to East Lake in 1998.

He followed with two more birdies for a 66, one better than Cantlay on the day, a little closer than when English started.

DeChambeau birdied his last three holes to salvage a 69. He started three shots behind and now is five shots behind, without any reports of unruly behavior outside the ropes.

The subject of name calling was — who else? — English.

One fan following along kept referring to him by another name — Hudson Swafford — which is understandable. English and Swafford were teammates at Georgia, have similar builds, look a little alike. They're even tied in driving distance (81st) on the PGA Tour.

“He thought I was Hudson like half the people out here,” English said. ”I think he kind of had a couple beers. ... He just couldn't quite tell from 50 yards out who I was."

Finau, meanwhile, had a 72 and went from two shots behind to seven back.

This is the third year of the format, and Cantlay doesn't know how the lower half feels. He was the No. 2 seed in 2019 when it started, the No. 1 seed last year. That first time didn't go well. He had one of his worst weeks of the year, which cost him nearly $2 million with how far he fell.

Justin Thomas was the Nos. 1 and 3 seeds the previous two times. Now he's at No. 6, meaning he started six shots out of the lead. That was a new experience.

He noticed he already was in 10th place by the time he teed off, based on some early scoring, and found that to a bit jarring. Worse yet was being 1 over on the front nine. Starting out six shots behind in the first place, his hopes could have ended early.

But he shot 31 on the back nine, five birdies and one impressive par save on the 14th, and pieced together a 67. He's still six back. It could have been worse.

“When you start behind like that, unfortunately, you just don’t have the luxury of shooting a 1 over or 2 over the first round,” Thomas said. “And I salvaged a good round out there and feel like I can easily go out there and shoot 6 or 7 under one of these next three days. And hopefully I do.”

Rahm started four back and, like Cantlay, chose not to pay attention to anything but the next shot, even as the good start looked as though it could get away from him. He took bogey from the left rough on No. 7, had to get up-and-down from behind the eighth green for bogey and saved par from a bunker on the par-3 ninth.

That was as important as some of his birdies. Now he's two behind Cantlay with 54 holes left, and now matter how odd it might seem at the start, now it feels like a regular tournament.

“It’s very easy to get caught up on how far back you start. I don’t think I really once thought about it out there. I was just trying to post a score,” Rahm said. “My job is to hit the best shot I can each time and that’s all can I control.”

2021 Tour Championship leaderboard breakdown: Jon Rahm makes a run, but Patrick Cantlay leads after Round 1

CBSSports.com 02 September, 2021 - 06:26pm

Stepping to the first tee in Round 1 with a score already on your card is always an oddity at the Tour Championship, but starting the field with staggered scores does make for a clearer narrative after the first 18 holes. That narrative looks a lot like it did 24 hours ago before Round 1 began with Patrick Cantlay still leading the pack with a two-stroke lead on second place.

Cantlay began the day at 10 under after winning the BMW Championship last week in a playoff over Bryson DeChambeau to jump to the top of the 2021 FedEx Cup standings, and he never relinquished the lead despite pressure from some big stars (see below). He's no longer the co-favorite (because Rahm played the round of the day), but he's still clear of the field with $15 million on the table for whoever wins on Sunday.

Let's take a closer look at his round and what's on deck for the rest of the week.

1. Patrick Cantlay (-13): After gaining over 14 strokes with his putter last week, Cantlay was due to cool off in Round 1 on Thursday, which he did. However, as we saw last week, the rest of his game picked him up. He's one of the few players in the world without any holes at all, and his tee-to-green game carried him Thursday. His 2-under 68 was enough to put him two clear of Rahm and four clear of the rest of the field. This is the benefit of being No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings going into this week at East Lake. There's more room for miscues, and you can actually win the event without having to putt your brains out over four straight days.

2. Jon Rahm (-11): Rahm was the co-favorite coming in, and now he's alone as the favorite after shooting a 5-under 65. And why wouldn't he be? Rahm has been playing the best golf of anyone in the world over the last few months (and throughout the year), and it would be improbable for him to end the season with just one victory (June's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines). You hate to use the word "deserve" as it relates to anything in golf, but if anyone deserves a win based on the world-class level he's been playing at, it's Rahm. He said after his round that he's not very caught up in where the scores were at coming in (he started four back of Cantlay) nor where they're at after just 18 holes (he's two back).

"It's very easy to get caught up on how far back you start," said Rahm. "I don't think I really once thought about it out there. I was just trying to post a score. My job is to hit the best shot I can each time, and that's all can I control. So I can't be thinking of what the people ahead of me are doing. And I think that applies to tomorrow as well. Maybe on the weekend you think about who is leading, who is not, but try to think about it as a regular event and not how much distance I got to make up. Obviously, 72 holes, it's a lot of holes and four shots is not that much."

T3. Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau (-8): These two had wildly different days in terms of their iron play, and a lot of it came on a single hole. English aced the 224-yard par-3 15th and gained 2.2 strokes on the field. DeChambeau hit it in the water and lost 1.2 strokes to the field. A 3.4-stroke swing on a single shot is most of the reason English ranked first in that category in Round 1 and DeChambeau ranked 28th. English is fascinating to me this week, too. He's a tremendous putter who didn't make much of anything in Round 1, and he's 18-1 to win with only two guys out in front of him. DeChambeau has more firepower, but I think I probably trust English more for the rest of this week.

T5. Viktor Hovland, Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas (-7): Hovland had the round of the day going for most of Round 1, partly because of this ridiculous 2 he made on the par-4 5th hole. Everybody in this group has the juice to get their score into the mid-teens and make a run at the top prize, but if I have to pick one, it's probably J.T. He destroys at this course, posted a good putting round on Thursday (he's been struggling in that area) and already closed like a monster in one big event this season (Players Championship in March). Seeing him or Hovland in the final pairing on Sunday would not be surprising.

T8. Kevin Na, Tony Finau (-6): Of those who started at the top of the board, Finau had the roughest day. In fact, only Hideki Matsuyama (who shot 77) posted a worse score than Finau did on Thursday. He's still in contention because he started at 8 under, but an unusually poor day from tee to green (-2.6 strokes gained) leave him needing three strong rounds coming home to get back to where he was two weeks ago, atop the race to the FedEx Cup.

Matching the round of the day has @JonRahmPGA 2 back of the lead. pic.twitter.com/5bYnGK1kqe

Jon Rahm has a scoring average of 67.3 in his last 25 rounds played worldwide. 65 today at East Lake.

Harris English tells Steve Sands he flushed the shot he hit on No. 15 today for an ace. He shot 66 and is currently solo 3rd behind Cantlay and Rahm. Totally in it.

-3 on his last 6 gets @JonRahmPGA to -10. pic.twitter.com/utPZCdwoL2

Jon Rham is quietly moving into position. He started the week at 6 under and is 3 under so far on his round today. Nobody is between him at 9 under and Patrick Cantlay at 12 under. A Tour Championship, FedEx Cup and $15 million would be a fitting way to end what has been probably the best season anyone has had so far this year. 

“Those first two days the only thing that was going through my mind is I'm not going to be able to tell my kids goodbye."

🚨 Ace alert at East Lake! 🚨@Harris_English bringing the crowd to their feet on No. 15. 🙌pic.twitter.com/b3Zq5Q3Adg

Unreal shot here. I'm really excited to watch Harris English at the Ryder Cup.

Dustin Johnson looks naked without his beard. So jarring! He's -1 thru 17.

Dropped in by @JordanSpieth to get within 4. 🐦 pic.twitter.com/P1oncqFW1e

Cantlay hasn't hit anything today after hitting everything he looked at last week at the BMW Championship. Still, he's -1 on the day and in the lead by three over Hovland and Cam Smith, who are both at -8.

The first player in 15 years of the #FedExCup to get inside the top 30 for the first time in the final week of the season.@FredVR_ talks about qualifying for his first @PlayoffFinale on the newest Talk of the TOUR.

OK, Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Tour Championship winner is -3 thru 7 and -7 overall this week. He's driving it really well so far today, which normally means he's scoring. He was an underrated storyline (and potential winner) coming into the week. Would be fun to see him, Cantlay and Rory get after it this weekend.

Welcome to East Lake, @RickRoss. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/A4dmy1hxn0

Everybody is now on the course, and the most movement thus far is from Viktor Hovland, who is -3 thru 6. He started at -3 so he's to -6 overall and into T4 behind Cantlay, Finau and Rahm.

Off and running for @JonRahmPGA. ⤵️🕳 pic.twitter.com/s0ipR0Vc8Q

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