Patrick Cantlay walked off the 18th green at Muirfield Village Golf Club and uttered two triumphant words to Memorial Tournament host Jack Nicklaus: “I finished.”
Cantlay didn’t merely finish Sunday in Dublin, Ohio. He fired the best closing round in tournament history, shooting an 8-under-par 64 to finish at 19-under 269 and capturing his second career PGA title by two shots.
Australia’s Adam Scott shot 68 to finish second at 17 under, while Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who started the day as leader, faltered to a final-round 72 and finished in third place at 16 under.
“Being on this golf course, a golf course I really like, and in front of Jack, making that putt on the last hole ... I can’t tell you how good that feels,” Cantlay told CBS Sports after his round.
Cantlay’s round featured eight birdies, including three straight on Nos. 7-9. He finished with an up-and-down par from the greenside bunker on 18 to avoid any bogeys on the day.
“It just definitely validates my confidence that I can play with the best players in the world and beating a field like this on a big golf course like this, this is very similar to a major championship setup with the rough and the big slopey fast greens, it does a lot for my confidence. Especially holing a putt like that on the last hole, knowing that I needed it. That’s good to put in the memory bank.”
Five-time Memorial Tournament champion Tiger Woods roared into a tie for ninth place thanks to a final-round 67. He carded seven birdies over his first 12 holes but backed up two shots over his finishing holes, making bogeys at 14 and 18.
“I played really well today. It was fun. I hit the ball so crisp and so solid and made some nice putts on the front nine and had things rolling for a little bit,” Woods said.
“I wanted to have something positive going into the (U.S.) Open, and kinda snuck up there into a nice little top 10 possibly here, so it was good.”
I was never going win the tournament from where I was at, and I wanted to get to double digits (under par) today and I did — I just didn’t stay there.”
Rounding out the top five were Kevin Streelman (66, 13 under) and Marc Leishman (69, 12 under). Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau shot 66 on Sunday to finish tied for 22nd at 5 under.