Patrick Cantlay, shown June 18, 2021, finished at 27-under 261 for the tournament to claim his PGA Tour-leading third win of the season. File Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI | License Photo
Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Patrick Cantlay edged Bryson DeChambeau in an epic six-hole playoff to win the BMW Championship on Sunday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Baltimore.
Cantlay secured the victory by sinking an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. He closed with a 6-under 66 and finished at 27-under 261 for the tournament.
DeChambeau, meanwhile, missed four birdie putts to win in regulation and in the playoff. He then missed a putt from just inside 10 feet on hole No. 18 that would have extended the playoff.
DeChambeau also closed with a 66, becoming the first player to shoot a 261 on the PGA Tour and not win.
With his triumph at Caves Valley, the 29-year-old Cantlay earned his PGA Tour-leading third victory of the season. Not only did the win move him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, it gave him the sixth and final automatic spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Cantlay now starts the Tour Championship with a two-shot lead based on his place in the standings as the race concludes for the PGA Tour's $15 million prize this week at the season-ending tournament at East Lake.
"The most important thing for next week is treating it like a regular tournament and trying to shoot just the lowest score you can shoot every day," Cantlay said. "I think not getting caught up in the strokes ahead or whatever is the best way to handle that situation."
Sungjae Im birdied his final two holes for a 67 and finished alone in third at 23-under par. Rory McIlroy closed with a 67 to finish fourth at 22-under 266.
Erik van Rooyen (65) ended in fifth at 21-under 267 for the tournament, while Dustin Johnson (66) and Sergio Garcia (69) tied for sixth at 20-under par. Sam Burns (70) finished eighth at 19-under 269.
The top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to this week's Tour Championship, which is set to begin Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.