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Patrick Cantlay isn't a fan of the TOUR Championship format. Neither is Jon Rahm. But they played it out under the rules – what choice did they have? – and provided a riveting close to the 2020-21 PGA Tour season.
Cantlay edged Rahm by, officially, one stroke to win the season-ending tournament at East Lake and with it the title of FedEx Cup champion. Taking into account the so-called "Starting Strokes Format," Rahm and Kevin Na registered the lowest 72-hole scores, which is how the Official World Golf Rankings website sees things.
But they aren't giving out $45 million in playoff cash – one-third of which goes to the winner – as the Tour and their good friends at FedEx are doing.
So Cantlay is the winner of the final two playoff events to become the FedEx Cup champ and, likely, the Player of the Year, however controversial. He won four times over the season – including the Memorial, when Rahm had to pull out with a six-stroke lead after testing positive, which only adds fuel to a Cantlay-Rahm debate. Officially, Rahm won only one tournament, the U.S. Open.
Cantlay actually had a terrible resume in the seven majors – two PGAs, two U.S. Opens, Two Masters, one Open Championship – that covered this unusual 2021-22 season. He went T43-T43-T17-MC-T23-T15-MC. Conversely, Rahm went T13-T23-T7-T5-T8-1-T3.
Rahm clearly excelled in the majors and Cantlay did not. Even though Cantlay's win at the Memorial comes with an asterisk, you can't simply give