OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Patrick Cantlay had enough on his hands to keep his attention Sunday as he was locked in an epic battle with Bryson DeChambeau, a compelling contrast of styles and personalities in the BMW Championship.
Even so, he couldn't ignore what fans shouted from behind the ropes Sunday at Caves Valley Golf Club: "Patty Ice!"
With the putter in his hand and ice in his veins, Cantlay delivered one clutch putt after another to survive the final three holes of regulation and six tense holes of a sudden-death playoff, finally winning with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
The most important putt? It was hard to tell.
He closed out his final round of 6-under-par 66 with an eight-foot par putt on the 16th, an eight-foot bogey putt on the 17th after a tee shot into the water and a 20-foot birdie on the 18th to force a playoff. Twice on the 18th in the playoff, where DeChambeau had a 30-yard advantage with his long hitting off the tee, Cantlay made par putts from six and seven feet.
The most important putt was the last one.
"But they all mattered, I guess, the same," Cantlay said. "I needed all of them."
DeChambeau, who also closed with a 66 as he and Cantlay finished 72 holes at 27 under, can pick just as many that cost him. His week featured a missed six-footer on the 18th for a chance at a 59 on Friday. And in the final round, he missed a 12-foot birdie to win in regulation, three more birdie putts in the playoff, and then his final putt to send the great theater into another amazing scene.
DeChambeau, who has stopped talking to any media that isn't a PGA Tour partner, refused comment for everyone Sunday. He became the first player in PGA Tour history to post 261 without taking home a trophy.
Cantlay received two of those — one from the the BMW Championship, the other from the century-old Western Golf Association — and plenty of other perks for his PGA Tour-leading third victory of the season and fifth overall.
He moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings, news he met by saying, "I know." That means Cantlay goes to the Tour Championship, which starts Thursday at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club, at 10 under and with a two-shot lead over Tony Finau in the FedEx Cup finale. The winner there gets $15 million.
Cantlay also clinched the sixth and final automatic spot for the U.S. team that will compete in next month's Ryder Cup, not that it mattered. Steve Stricker has six captain's picks, and there was no way he was going to leave "Patty Ice" at home.
"That's the first time I've heard it. But I got it all week," Cantlay said about his nickname. "There was maybe one or two guys that followed me around all four days, and they just every hole were screaming it. These were some of the most supportive, loudest fans I've ever experienced."
They were treated to an amazing show.
There was drama all over Caves Valley even without a trophy at stake. Erik van Rooyen and Sergio Garcia played their way into the top 30 who qualify for the Tour Championship. Patrick Reed managed to hang on to the final spot, but only after K.H. Lee bogeyed his final hole. If healthy — Reed has been out with bilateral pneumonia — it at least gives him a chance for one last audition to be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup.
All three Baylor School graduates who were on the PGA Tour this season started the FedEx Cup playoffs, but Luke List was not among the 70 who advanced from the Northern Trust to the BMW Championship, and now Harris English is the lone former Red Raider standing. English closed with a 65 to tie for 26th at 13 under, and he's seventh in the standings heading to the Tour Championship. Keith Mitchell, near the bottom of the list entering the BMW Championship, is done for the season after shooting a 69 and sharing 57th at 4 under.
Jaeger shares second
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Adam Svensson won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, closing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory in the second of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events.
Already headed to the PGA Tour next season as a top-25 finisher in the regular-season points race on the developmental circuit, Svensson finished with a tournament-record 17-under 267 total on Ohio State University's Scarlet Course. The 27-year-old Canadian has three career victories, having also won the Club Car Championship in Georgia this past March.
Bronson Burgoon (66) and Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger (71) tied for second. Six players tied for fourth at 14 under, including David Lipsky — a co-leader after each of the first two rounds — and Vincent Whaley, who shared the 54-hole lead.
Jaeger, the 32-year-old from Germany who starred at Baylor School and then the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, shared the lead after each of the first three rounds. He is also among the 25 players who will advance to the PGA Tour when the 2021-22 schedule begins next month, and he is contending for a No. 1 finish in the standings that would bring full eligibility on golf's top circuit.
The Korn Ferry Tour Championship starts Thursday at Victoria National in Newburgh, Indiana.
Durant's fourth win
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Joe Durant made a five-foot bogey putt on the par-4 18th for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer in the PGA Tour Champions' Ally Challenge.
The 57-year-old from Florida closed with a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to finish at 17-under 199 at Warwick Hills. He won for the fourth time on the 50-and-older circuit after winning four times on the PGA Tour.
A stroke behind Langer and Doug Barron entering the round, Durant had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine and added a birdie on the par-5 16th. He drove left on 18 into an adjacent fairway, clipped a branch hitting over the trees, left his third shot short of the green and chipped past.
Langer parred the 18th, hitting into two bunkers, for a 70. Two days after shooting his age on his 64th birthday, the German star had just one back-nine birdie, matching Durant on the 16th. Langer has 41 senior victories, four off Hale Irwin's record.
Late charge on time
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard shot a 7-under 63 and won the European Masters by a stroke when Austria's Bernd Wiesberger closed with a bogey after hitting into greenside water.
The 20-year-old Hojgaard finished at 13-under 267 for his third European Tour victory. He eagled the par-5 14th and played the final six holes in 5 under.
Wiesberger, who is on the fringes of selection for Europe's team in next month's Ryder Cup, hit his tee shot at the par-4 18th into a bunker, then found the water with his second shot on the way to a 65.