The American carded a last day two-under 69 at Wilmington Country Club to complete 14-under and edge compatriot Scott Stallings by a stroke.
The triumph secured the 30-year-old a $2.7 million share of the $15 million event prize purse and stamps his ticket as the No. 2 seed for the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club on Thursday.
Starting two photographs behind No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Cantlay will look to defend a second successive title following his wire-to-wire victory within the season-ending occasion final September.
“I’m in a really good spot,” Cantlay instructed reporters.
“It’ll be a little different type of a challenge this year, obviously, being two behind Scottie. He’s played a lot of great golf this year, so I expect the same. But it’s a golf course I really like, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
With the main duo tied heading into the closing two holes, an exhilarating climax noticed Cantlay’s booming tee drive narrowly skip over a bunker and settle 63 yards from the hole.
“I thought hitting it on that line, it would for sure be in a bunker,” Cantlay mentioned.
“Maybe one of the best breaks I’ve gotten coming down the stretch, and when you get a break like that, you need to pay it off, and fortunately I did.”
An outstanding method left the world No. 3 with a brief putt for birdie, and — as Stallings parred — Cantlay made no mistake to nudge forward.
Having narrowly dodged the sand on the penultimate hole, destiny caught up with Cantlay when his last tee shot dropped right into a bunker over 150 yards from the pin. But the 30-year-old responded with what he dubbed as considered one of his finest photographs all week, slicing his exit shot onto the inexperienced.
Though a 48-foot birdie putt got here up simply quick to disclaim the American a fairytale end, Cantlay tapped residence for par to retain the crown he gained at Caves Valley in Maryland final yr.
The win marks Cantlay’s second of the PGA Tour season following victory on the Zurich Classic in April. It could effectively have been extra had it not been for a trio of runner-up finishes on the WM Phoenix Open, RBC Heritage and the Rocket Mortgage Classic, but Cantlay is just not hung up on near-misses.
“The thing I always remind myself of when I finish second or I’m close is Jack Nicklaus had more seconds in majors than he had wins,” he mentioned.
“That stat will shock you considering he has the most majors ever. No one would ever say he couldn’t close or no one would say that he wilted under pressure, and yet he had more second places than anybody else.
“You cannot all the time management what different individuals round you do or the place you get the precise bounce or the unsuitable bounce. But placing your self in rivalry time after time after time, the bounces are going to go your approach and you will get your fair proportion of wins,” he added.
Scheffler and Xander Schauffele led the chasing pack to finish 11-under, but it was a catastrophic final round for world No. 8 Collin Morikawa.
Having shot 65 on Saturday, the two-time major winner had looked set for a strong finish but saw his hopes of a late charge dented by back-to-back bogeys at the third and fourth hole.
A birdie on the fifth noticed the 25-year-old leap to joint-sixth place, however catastrophe struck on the par-four eleventh hole when he four-putted for a double bogey.
Yet the nightmare was solely simply starting, as Morikawa subsequently despatched two photographs into the water guarding the inexperienced on the twelfth hole. A collection of missed putts compounded the American’s woes, as he lastly holed out for a 10-stroke quintuple bogey, the very best rating he has ever holed on the PGA Tour.
Morikawa closed with six straight pars to card an eight-over 79, ending tied for forty fourth. Despite his last spherical woes, the 2021 Open champion nonetheless certified for Thursday’s Tour Championship, the place he’ll begin as the Twentieth-ranked seed of the 30-player discipline.