LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrick Cantlay had that magic wand of a putter in his hands on the 16th green at Whistling Straits without having to use it. Shane Lowry conceded the match, Cantlay handed the club to his caddie and before long he was celebrating a Ryder Cup victory.
That was 16 days ago.
Cantlay hasn’t touched his clubs since then, and it might be another two weeks before he does.
Few other players are in need of one big exhale. Consider his five-week span to close out a season he won’t soon forget.
Cantlay won the BMW Championship amid cheers of “Patty Ice” for making six clutch putts to stay alive and outlast Bryson DeChambeau at Caves Valley. He hit the most important 6-iron of his career on the final hole at East Lake to hold off Jon Rahm and win the $15 million prize as FedEx Cup champion.
He was voted PGA Tour player of the year. And then he was unbeaten in four matches in his Ryder Cup debut as the Americans won by a record margin.
“It’s really nice to have some off time after a run like that. It gives you time to appreciated it,” Cantlay said Monday from his home in South Florida, about the time players were arriving in windy Las Vegas for the CJ Cup.
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