Matty and Patty Ice - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan gives shoutout to Tour Championship winner Patrick Cantlay

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Who won Fedex Cup?

Patrick Cantlay, Clutch Again, Wins the 2021 FedEx Cup and a Cool $15 Million. 'Patty Ice' won the Tour Championship by a shot over Jon Rahm at East Lake to earn the first-place prize in the 2021 FedEx Cup playoffs. Sports IllustratedPatrick Cantlay, Clutch Again, Wins the 2021 FedEx Cup and a Cool $15 Million

Who won the Tour Championship today?

Patrick Cantlay outlasts Jon Rahm to win Tour Championship, $15 million FedEx Cup title. usatoday.comPatrick Cantlay outlasts Jon Rahm to win Tour Championship, $15 million FedEx Cup title

How much does the Tour Championship winner get?

The winner of the Tour Championship, Cantlay, netted $15 million. If you make it to the final event at all, you're guaranteed $395,000, even if you finish 30th or withdraw like Brooks Koepka. Everyone who made it to the BMW Championship was guaranteed at least $140,000. CBSSports.com2021 FedEx Cup purse, payout: Tour Championship prize money distribution from $46 million playoff pool

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Photos: Tour Championship 2021 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. usatoday.comHow much money each PGA Tour player earned at the Tour Championship

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A week ago, as Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was going through warm-ups for his team's final preseason game, a golf epic was unfolding on televisions inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Patrick Cantlay held off Bryson DeChambeau in a six-hole playoff for the BMW Championship and in doing so, picked up the moniker "Patty Ice."

It's a play on words of Ryan's nickname since high school, "Matty Ice," one that has followed him from Penn Charter in Philadelphia to Boston College and then to Atlanta. And Atlanta, of course, is where Cantlay continued to earn his new nickname with a one-stroke victory in the Tour Championship on Sunday afternoon, holding off Jon Rahm.

Which led Ryan -- himself an avid golfer who has gone on golfing trips with Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford in the past -- to suggest Matty Ice and Patty Ice meet up for a round this offseason.

"Congrats Patrick Cantlay! Ice cold finish to the season," Ryan wrote on Twitter. "Wishing you the best in the Ryder cup! How about a round at Shady this off season?"

This was the latest part of the Cantlay-Ryan-Atlanta Falcons love in the past week. Cantlay received a "PATTY ICE" Falcons jersey earlier this week, complete with Ryan's No. 2, and the PGA Tour's official Twitter account announced that "Patty Ice is here to stay."

Cantlay has endorsed the nickname as well.

"I've had people tell me that it's hard to come up with a nickname for me," Cantlay said at the Tour Championship this week. "This is the first one that seems to have stuck a little bit. Before this, the only thing I'd ever get is PC. I like it. I think it's great. I think it's cool when people are getting to know me a little bit and that maybe this moniker maybe has some traction because it maybe rings true."

The Falcons also embraced the nickname when welcoming Cantlay to Atlanta on Twitter, which Cantlay then retweeted.

Matty Ice returns for his 14th season as Atlanta's starting quarterback next Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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2021 Tour Championship leaderboard: Patrick Cantlay edges Jon Rahm to win FedEx Cup, $15 million grand prize

CBSSports.com 06 September, 2021 - 04:10am

For seven straight nights, Patrick Cantlay went to sleep with the number "one" next to his name in the FedEx Cup standings. On Monday morning, after winning the 2021 Tour Championship, he'll wake up with a much bigger number in his bank account: $15 million (from a massive $46 million purse).

Cantlay (-21) won at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday by one stroke over Jon Rahm (-20) after shooting a 1-under 69 in the final round. Cantlay started the week at 10 under after winning the BMW Championship last Sunday in a six-hole playoff over Bryson DeChambeau, and he never fell from the top of the leaderboard, capturing back-to-back events to end the season and likely the PGA Tour Player of the Year award to boot.

Holding off the best players in the world at a tournament like this -- even when you have a head start like Cantlay -- is no small feat. That is doubly true when your playing partner is the No. 1 player in the world who was aching for his second win of the season. That showed at the end for the eventual champion. After a breezy first 45 holes of the tournament, the last 27 were a bit of a war.

Cantlay closed Saturday's third round with three bogeys on the second nine (he still shot par) and opened Sunday's finale with two bogeys on the front (he still shot par). It looked as if the tournament was tilting in his favor when he stuck his approach on the par-4 13th hole to 4 feet, but he power lipped the putt, and Rahm had renewed life. That was extinguished a few holes later when Cantlay hit another approach tight, this time on the par-4 16th to 7 feet. And this time, he made the putt for birdie to go up a pair with two holes to play.

Still, Rahm wouldn't go away. Cantlay hit two bad shots on the 17th, and he had a missable bogey putt while Rahm had a good look at birdie. Rahm missed and Cantlay made, cutting the lead to one entering the 72nd hole. Cantlay slammed the door with a killer shot from 217 yards to 11 feet for an easy two-putt birdie and the one-stroke win over Rahm after his chaser ran his 19-foot eagle putt to tie past the hole.

We talk all the time about how difficult it is to go wire to wire at an event, but what we mean by that is leading after every round. Cantlay led after all 72 holes. The staggered start, with Cantlay beginning the tournament at 10 under, is meant to provide an advantage to those who have played well in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and throughout the season, but it also heaps pressure on those who are out in front. That Cantlay was able to maintain that advantage in the face of such pressure was remarkable.

"It was tough. It was definitely different than any other week," said Cantlay of leading the FedEx Cup for over a week. "It's the longest lead I've ever held. I just tried to stay day after day in the present."

Rahm's season, too, was as amazing as it was improbable. He actually finished tied for the lowest score this week if you only count strokes played over the four rounds. Combine that with his withdrawal from the Memorial after Round 3 because of a positive COVID-19 test, and he finished a season in which he had the lowest score in the field after his final round of the tournament three different times and walked away with just one PGA Tour win. That seems impossible, but it's true.

Despite just the one win, Rahm is deserving of consideration for PGA Tour Player of the Year. However, you don't have to shed any tears for the U.S. Open champion. He missed out on the $15 million Cantlay collected but took home $5 million for second prize. Kevin Na, who finished third at 16 under, pocketed $4 million.

While there is plenty to say about Rahm's amazing year, Sunday was about Cantlay. Just like last Sunday.

It's easy to understate just how difficult it is to run from out in front for such a long time against such an elite field. Though Cantlay got a bump from the beginning, not everybody is built to sustain a lead. It's uncomfortable and difficult, even without that amount of money on the line. Consider that Cantlay is the 13th different golfer to win the Tour Championship in the event's 15-year history.

Cantlay didn't make it look easy, but he never really does. What he did do was make it look great. Giving away a lead at a tough place like East Lake is incredibly easy, and Cantlay never did it. Not for a single day. Not for a single hole. Not for a single minute of the last tournament of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. Grades (for Cantlay and Rahm): A+

Kevin Na (3rd): What a showing from Na, who finished third in the field from tee to green despite losing strokes off the tee. He was low-key trying to play his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and he wasn't afraid to discuss that after his final round.

"I was trying to win that secret leaderboard, where everybody started from even par, to get Captain [Steve] Stricker's attention, so I could get a captain's pick," said Na. "I did the best I could. I have two runner-up finishes in the last six starts, another top-10 at a playoff event and maybe win or second here. So I mean, from where I started to finish third in the FedExCup, eight shots back, I think I'm looking strong for a pick." Grade: A+

Hold me. pic.twitter.com/yItnzcuEVP

Proud to have you as our Champion. pic.twitter.com/lR7O8Djscf

Back-to-back wins and a #FedExCup title! 🏆🏆 @Patrick_Cantlay has put the @PlayoffFinale on ice. 🧊 pic.twitter.com/wLvvPp8HDw

Embraced the playoff pressure. 🏆@Patrick_Cantlay is the 2021 #FedExCup Champion. pic.twitter.com/KKxcKxA3UM

RAHM. WOW. pic.twitter.com/XsP4pJczJM

Cantlay needs two putts from 11 feet for the $15 million prize. Unbelievable week for him. Unbelievable two weeks. 

Taking dead aim. 🎯@JonRahmPGA went flag hunting. pic.twitter.com/n3rG4gMweW

361 yards 💣@Patrick_Cantlay unleashed it all on the 18th tee. pic.twitter.com/Dq4HM8hJA6

Kevin Na: 1 bogey this week; fewest all-time in a @playofffinale at East Lake

Cantlay 1 up on Rahm headed to the 18th tee. Winner gets $15M. This is fun.

Rahm makes par after narrowly missing his birdie putt. Cantlay has a par putt from 6 feet (not 5 feet like I said earlier). He cans it and stays up one going to No. 18.

Whoo boy. Cantlay doesn't reach the green with his pitch shot on No. 17 so now he has to get up and down for bogey to fall back to -20. He hits it to 5 feet. Big problems here. 

Cantlay is having a bit of trouble on the 16h. Bad tee shot, poor approach. He'll have to get up and down for par to stay at -21. 

Two shot lead. Two to play. @Patrick_Cantlay has his sights set on the #FedExCup. pic.twitter.com/xpqAJNjLnN

Cantlay makes birdie on No. 16. He's up two with two to go. It's pretty much over.

OK, we'll go hole by hole until the end. Cantlay sticks his approach on No. 16 and will have a short birdie to get to 21 under, though he just missed a short birdie two holes ago.

Putting is overrated. @B_DeChambeau chips in for the second time this week at the 17th. 🕳 pic.twitter.com/NzMtkHbxT9

JT the artist. pic.twitter.com/CAcwxr9y1L

Dan Hicks just said nobody has taken the lead outright from Patrick Cantlay so far this week. That's so difficult to do! To lead or co-lead for all 72 holes. Wow.

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Paige Spiranac Reacts To Patrick Cantlay’s Win On Sunday

The Spun 06 September, 2021 - 04:10am

For seven straight nights, Patrick Cantlay went to sleep with the number "one" next to his name in the FedEx Cup standings. On Monday morning, after winning the 2021 Tour Championship, he'll wake up with a much bigger number in his bank account: $15 million (from a massive $46 million purse).

Cantlay (-21) won at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday by one stroke over Jon Rahm (-20) after shooting a 1-under 69 in the final round. Cantlay started the week at 10 under after winning the BMW Championship last Sunday in a six-hole playoff over Bryson DeChambeau, and he never fell from the top of the leaderboard, capturing back-to-back events to end the season and likely the PGA Tour Player of the Year award to boot.

Holding off the best players in the world at a tournament like this -- even when you have a head start like Cantlay -- is no small feat. That is doubly true when your playing partner is the No. 1 player in the world who was aching for his second win of the season. That showed at the end for the eventual champion. After a breezy first 45 holes of the tournament, the last 27 were a bit of a war.

Cantlay closed Saturday's third round with three bogeys on the second nine (he still shot par) and opened Sunday's finale with two bogeys on the front (he still shot par). It looked as if the tournament was tilting in his favor when he stuck his approach on the par-4 13th hole to 4 feet, but he power lipped the putt, and Rahm had renewed life. That was extinguished a few holes later when Cantlay hit another approach tight, this time on the par-4 16th to 7 feet. And this time, he made the putt for birdie to go up a pair with two holes to play.

Still, Rahm wouldn't go away. Cantlay hit two bad shots on the 17th, and he had a missable bogey putt while Rahm had a good look at birdie. Rahm missed and Cantlay made, cutting the lead to one entering the 72nd hole. Cantlay slammed the door with a killer shot from 217 yards to 11 feet for an easy two-putt birdie and the one-stroke win over Rahm after his chaser ran his 19-foot eagle putt to tie past the hole.

We talk all the time about how difficult it is to go wire to wire at an event, but what we mean by that is leading after every round. Cantlay led after all 72 holes. The staggered start, with Cantlay beginning the tournament at 10 under, is meant to provide an advantage to those who have played well in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and throughout the season, but it also heaps pressure on those who are out in front. That Cantlay was able to maintain that advantage in the face of such pressure was remarkable.

"It was tough. It was definitely different than any other week," said Cantlay of leading the FedEx Cup for over a week. "It's the longest lead I've ever held. I just tried to stay day after day in the present."

Rahm's season, too, was as amazing as it was improbable. He actually finished tied for the lowest score this week if you only count strokes played over the four rounds. Combine that with his withdrawal from the Memorial after Round 3 because of a positive COVID-19 test, and he finished a season in which he had the lowest score in the field after his final round of the tournament three different times and walked away with just one PGA Tour win. That seems impossible, but it's true.

Despite just the one win, Rahm is deserving of consideration for PGA Tour Player of the Year. However, you don't have to shed any tears for the U.S. Open champion. He missed out on the $15 million Cantlay collected but took home $5 million for second prize. Kevin Na, who finished third at 16 under, pocketed $4 million.

While there is plenty to say about Rahm's amazing year, Sunday was about Cantlay. Just like last Sunday.

It's easy to understate just how difficult it is to run from out in front for such a long time against such an elite field. Though Cantlay got a bump from the beginning, not everybody is built to sustain a lead. It's uncomfortable and difficult, even without that amount of money on the line. Consider that Cantlay is the 13th different golfer to win the Tour Championship in the event's 15-year history.

Cantlay didn't make it look easy, but he never really does. What he did do was make it look great. Giving away a lead at a tough place like East Lake is incredibly easy, and Cantlay never did it. Not for a single day. Not for a single hole. Not for a single minute of the last tournament of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. Grades (for Cantlay and Rahm): A+

Kevin Na (3rd): What a showing from Na, who finished third in the field from tee to green despite losing strokes off the tee. He was low-key trying to play his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and he wasn't afraid to discuss that after his final round.

"I was trying to win that secret leaderboard, where everybody started from even par, to get Captain [Steve] Stricker's attention, so I could get a captain's pick," said Na. "I did the best I could. I have two runner-up finishes in the last six starts, another top-10 at a playoff event and maybe win or second here. So I mean, from where I started to finish third in the FedExCup, eight shots back, I think I'm looking strong for a pick." Grade: A+

Hold me. pic.twitter.com/yItnzcuEVP

Proud to have you as our Champion. pic.twitter.com/lR7O8Djscf

Back-to-back wins and a #FedExCup title! 🏆🏆 @Patrick_Cantlay has put the @PlayoffFinale on ice. 🧊 pic.twitter.com/wLvvPp8HDw

Embraced the playoff pressure. 🏆@Patrick_Cantlay is the 2021 #FedExCup Champion. pic.twitter.com/KKxcKxA3UM

RAHM. WOW. pic.twitter.com/XsP4pJczJM

Cantlay needs two putts from 11 feet for the $15 million prize. Unbelievable week for him. Unbelievable two weeks. 

Taking dead aim. 🎯@JonRahmPGA went flag hunting. pic.twitter.com/n3rG4gMweW

361 yards 💣@Patrick_Cantlay unleashed it all on the 18th tee. pic.twitter.com/Dq4HM8hJA6

Kevin Na: 1 bogey this week; fewest all-time in a @playofffinale at East Lake

Cantlay 1 up on Rahm headed to the 18th tee. Winner gets $15M. This is fun.

Rahm makes par after narrowly missing his birdie putt. Cantlay has a par putt from 6 feet (not 5 feet like I said earlier). He cans it and stays up one going to No. 18.

Whoo boy. Cantlay doesn't reach the green with his pitch shot on No. 17 so now he has to get up and down for bogey to fall back to -20. He hits it to 5 feet. Big problems here. 

Cantlay is having a bit of trouble on the 16h. Bad tee shot, poor approach. He'll have to get up and down for par to stay at -21. 

Two shot lead. Two to play. @Patrick_Cantlay has his sights set on the #FedExCup. pic.twitter.com/xpqAJNjLnN

Cantlay makes birdie on No. 16. He's up two with two to go. It's pretty much over.

OK, we'll go hole by hole until the end. Cantlay sticks his approach on No. 16 and will have a short birdie to get to 21 under, though he just missed a short birdie two holes ago.

Putting is overrated. @B_DeChambeau chips in for the second time this week at the 17th. 🕳 pic.twitter.com/NzMtkHbxT9

JT the artist. pic.twitter.com/CAcwxr9y1L

Dan Hicks just said nobody has taken the lead outright from Patrick Cantlay so far this week. That's so difficult to do! To lead or co-lead for all 72 holes. Wow.

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