DUBLIN, Ohio – The demonstrate must budge on.
That’s what tournament host Jack Nicklaus mentioned Sunday morning after the curtain was drawn the day sooner than on one in all the worst endings one could imagine, when the leading man of the Memorial Tournament, Jon Rahm, was compelled to withdraw following Saturday’s third round after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
Rahm’s document-setting methods thru three rounds at Muirfield Village Golf Club – he tied the tournament’s 54-gap document for low whole – would enjoy given him a socially distanced six-shot lead heading into the final 18.
Instead, Rahm headed for a 10-day isolation stint.
And Jack’s annual bash solemnly headed to the final round.
Against that somber backdrop, the demonstrate did budge on – and was reasonably darn honest no topic an early evening deluge that halted play for about a minutes.
Dealing up a riveting ending had been world No. 15 Patrick Cantlay, who won this championship in 2019, and world No. 6 Collin Morikawa, who defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the Workday Charity Beginning right here in 2020.
The 2 slept on the in a single day lead, with both finishing at 12 below thru 54 holes and never tasked with trying to race down Rahm. Instead, along with Scottie Scheffler, who started three photos support, the trio traded spots on the live of the leaderboard for a lot of the day corpulent of momentum shifts.
But Cantlay and Morikawa, who each and every shot 1-below 71, made behind birdies to shrink back from the discipline after which each and every parred the 18th gap to force a playoff. Cantlay, who had birdied the 17th from 24 feet while Morikawa canned an 11-footer for par to remain in a portion of the lead, watched his describe for the win on the 72nd gap from 25 feet burn the threshold.
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In the playoff – on the 18th gap – Cantlay buried a 12-foot putt for par after which grew to develop into the Memorial champion for a second time and a four-time winner on the PGA Tour when Morikawa’s par describe from 6 feet slid by on the left side.
“The kind of odd scenario and if truth be told heart-broken,” Cantlay mentioned. “(Rahm) performed so amazing the first three rounds that the capability I felt Sunday morning was clearly loads diversified than I felt walking off the 18th inexperienced on Saturday.
“Unfortunately, there’s nothing I will be able to carry out with the exception of reset and factual bewitch the recent paradigm and poke with it. I understanding I did a honest job of staying centered and it if truth be told felt care for a fight between Collin and I all day and that’s factual kind of the diagram it performed out. It factual felt care for it was me and him trading blows all day.”
Cantlay had disregarded three of his final four cuts but regained his manufacture on a assign he loves. His rounds of 69-67-68 bought him in space on Sunday.
“Definitely on the support nine the day prior to this, I was thinking that I would desire to be very aggressive in that final round given I could seemingly well be six photos or so support. That modified clearly final night and I kind of clearly modified my mindset a bit bit,” Cantlay mentioned. “It would enjoy taken almost certainly a extraordinarily, very, very honest round this day and almost certainly the round I shot this day need to mute not were simply ample.
“I would a lot somewhat enjoy faced him down this day and shot an extraordinarily low round and beat him that implies. But unfortunately there’s nothing I will be able to carry out. I did everything I could with the playing cards I was dealt and I if truth be told did a honest job of focusing this day on the job at hand and staying recent and that’s all you are going to be able to carry out.”
Morikawa, the 2020 PGA champion, was trying to win his fifth title in factual 47 occupation begins. In spite of the loss, he likes how his sport is trending heading to the U.S. Beginning in two weeks.
“Clearly, it sucks to lose a playoff. But this day was a grind and that’s all I could specialise in,” Morikawa mentioned. “I was hitting the ball well, but it surely didn’t demonstrate that. I couldn’t if truth be told hit a inexperienced for my life. I was hitting my photos that I wanted and we had been a bit off calculating, a bit off with factual luck, and infrequently that happens, but to web into a playoff to fabricate the putts I wished to fabricate, factual to relieve myself in it, I’m elated with myself and it’s crazy. It’s crazy what a sport it is.”
Crazy could honest be previous faculty to portray what occurred to Rahm, too.
“He deserved to budge out and play if truth be told well and he was 18 below. The rules are rules and it be considerable to follow guidelines,” Morikawa mentioned. “We knew your whole dangers going in, him not getting vaccinated. But what, for me, all I had to relieve out was specialise in my sport and budge out and play golf. There’s nothing else I could if truth be told trade. I will be able to’t dictate any individual else’s future or how they play or what’s going on. So waking up this morning I felt gargantuan. I was able to budge play golf and watch if I could win the tournament.”
Scheffler, who was looking for his first PGA Tour title, birdied the 15th to gain a portion of the lead but closed with a bogey on the final to finish with a 70 and at 11 below with a 70. Branden Grace made a 40-footer for birdie on the 72nd gap to finish with a 71 and at 10 below.
Patrick Reed finished solo fifth at 8 below with a finishing 69.
Light, the lasting memory of 2021 very seemingly could heart on Rahm.
“It’s a plain thing to enjoy happen,” Nicklaus mentioned. “Jon handled it thoroughly. He’s a gargantuan boy. He understands that we enjoy rules. And unfortunately, these need to not something that you just if truth be told could honest care for, but these are the foundations that we enjoy accurate now. You’ve to abide by them. Whether or not he would enjoy shot 64 (Saturday) or 74 the same end result would enjoy come out for him.
“I think substandard for him. I don’t know how you send him a trophy for 3-quarters of a tournament but I’d certainly engage to.”