Weekly Recap: The Can-Do Attitude

Weekly Recap: The Can-Do Attitude

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Bryson DeChambeau may be the ultimate driving machine, but Patrick Cantlay turned in a performance for the ages with his putter to steal the BMW Championship in a wild six-hole playoff Sunday at Caves Valley. Cantlay now heads into the season-ending Tour Championship with the best chance to win the FedEx Cup and the $15 million that goes with it.

Oh, and Cantlay also clinched a Ryder Cup berth. And he moved to a career-best No. 4 in the world rankings.

He owes it all to his putter – and, in fairness, DeChambeau's sudden inability to putt.

Cantlay set a record in the Strokes Gained era by gaining an astounding 14.577 strokes on the field on the greens across the 72 regulation holes. He sank an eye-popping 537.5 feet of putts on the week, only the third golfer to break the 500 barrier since 2003. Both those factoids come courtesy of the PGA Tour.  

Cantlay won on the sixth hole of a wild playoff, one that saw DeChambeau miss three birdie putts that would have won it, plus another on the final hole of regulation.

Conversely, Cantlay made an eight-footer to save bogey on 17, which set up a 21-footer for birdie on 18 to force the playoff. There were more in the playoff but none after the 17-footer for birdie on the sixth playoff hole – because that one ended it when DeChambeau couldn't match from eight feet.

There were so many big putts it was impossible to

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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