'Icy handshake' after 'surprising' Bryson blow-up

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Clutch down the agelong and for six dynamic playoff holes, Patrick Cantlay enactment a fitting extremity to an epic conflict with Bryson DeChambeau by making an 18-foot birdie putt connected the 18th spread to triumph the BMW Championship connected Sunday.

DeChambeau missed a six-foot putt for 59 connected Friday and missed 4 birdie putts to triumph successful regularisation and successful the playoff this greeting (AEST). And past helium missed the astir important putt of the week from conscionable wrong 10 feet to widen the playoff.

But Cantlay's triumph wasn't without an awkward speech erstwhile DeChambeau unexpectedly called retired his counterpart connected the 14th spread successful regulation.

DeChambeau, who astatine the clip was 1 changeable up astatine 27 under, was connected the par-4 14th erstwhile helium took purpose astatine Cantlay who was connected the green, 21 and a fractional feet from the hole.

"Patrick, tin you halt walking?" DeChambeau shouted.

Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay decorativeness playing the 17th greenish for the 5th playoff spread during the last circular of the BMW Championship astatine Caves Valley Golf Club connected August 29, 2021 successful Owings Mills, Maryland (Getty)

It was a confusing infinitesimal for all, including NBC analyst' Paul Azinger, a erstwhile large champion.

"You know, I'm amazed helium called Patrick retired similar that," Azinger said.

"I mean that could interruption your ain attraction erstwhile you telephone a feline out."

"Almost ne'er [does thing similar that happen]. I deliberation it mightiness person breached Bryson's concentration. Probably enactment a small spot connected Cantlay's shoulder."

Bryson DeChambeau (L) of the United States congratulates Patrick Cantlay of the United States aft Cantlay defeated DeChambeau connected the sixth playoff spread during the last circular of the BMW Championship astatine Caves Valley Golf Club connected August 29, 2021 successful Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) (Getty)

Cantlay made putts from 8 feet for par, 8 feet for bogey and 20 feet for birdie connected the last 3 holes of regularisation for a 6-under 66, the past 1 to unit a playoff astatine Caves Valley successful the PGA Tour's archetypal quality successful Baltimore successful astir 60 years. He holed par putts of 6 feet and 7 feet connected the 18th spread successful the playoff.

The past 1 gave him the victory, his PGA Tour-leading 3rd of the play and 5th overall. Not lone did it determination him to the apical of the FedEx Cup standings, the triumph gave Cantlay the sixth and last automatic spot connected the US Ryder Cup team.

Cantlay present starts the Tour Championship with a two-shot pb based connected his lasting arsenic the contention concludes for the $15 cardinal prize.

DeChambeau besides closed with a 66. The brace finished astatine 27-under 261. No 1 has ever changeable 261 connected the PGA Tour without taking location the trophy.

Sungjae Im birdied his past 2 holes for a 67 to decorativeness unsocial successful third, 4 shots behind. Rory McIlroy closed with a 67 to decorativeness fourth.

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