Cantlay captures Las Vegas title in three-man playoff
(TSX / STATS) -- Patrick Cantlay claimed his first PGA Tour victory in scintillating fashion on Sunday, winning a three-man playoff at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Cantlay made a par on the second playoff hole at TPC Summerlin to defeat Las Vegas resident Alex Cejka and first-round leader Whee Kim of South Korea.
All three golfers had a four-round total of 9-under-par 275, then bogeyed the first playoff hole before returning to the 456-yard, par-4 18th to play it again.
Cantlay found himself behind a tree on the second playoff hole, but his next shot sailed toward the back of the green. It set up a two-putt from the fringe that clinched his victory following a missed par putt from Cejka.
"It was a grind, the last few holes. Just a lot of hard work," said the 25-year-old Cantlay, who pocketed $1,224,000 with the first-place finish. He also received a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.
Cantlay traveled a long path to the winner's circle, overcoming severe back issues to return to the PGA Tour last season. He also dealt with the death of a close friend who was his caddie.
Cejka, a Czech-born German, finished with a flourish by recording a 6-under 30 on the back nine to complete his tournament-low round of 63, highlighted by sinking an 18-foot putt on the 18th hole. He then had to wait for others to finish their round, with Kim ending up with a 66 while Cantlay recorded a 67.
Patton Kizzire, who shot a 64 on Sunday, collected eight birdies -- including four in a row from Nos. 14-17 -- to finish in a three-way tie with Chesson Hadley (68) and J.T. Poston (66) for fourth place at 276. Kizzire's finish was his best since he ended up in second at the 2016 Safeway Open.
J.J. Spaun (74), the third-round co-leader with Beau Hossler, led at 10 under with two holes to play before registering a double-bogey on Nos. 17 and 18 to finish tied for 10th. The 27-year-old Spaun hit his drive behind a tree on No. 17, requiring a left-handed second shot.
Hossler fell out contention with a 73 on Sunday to settle for a tie for seventh with Bryson DeChambeau (67) and Tom Hoge (69). The 22-year-old Hossler entered the round atop a leaderboard for the first time in his 10 appearances in PGA events.
Spaun finished tied with Las Vegas native A.J. McInerney (67), William McGirt (68), sponsor invite Alex Kang (64), Australian Aaron Baddeley (68) and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell (66).
UNLV grad Charley Hoffman (70) finished tied for 18th in his hometown event. Hoffman announced earlier in the week that he would donate his entire paycheck -- which ended up being $98,600 -- to the Direct Impact Fund via PGA Tour Charities to aid in the relief efforts related to last month's Las Vegas shooting.
Defending champion Rod Pampling shot a 69 and finished tied for 47th place.
Updated November 5, 2017