‘Not a Fan’ – Reigning FedExCup Champion Patrick Cantlay Explains Why He’s Against the Scoring Format

Published 09/06/2021, 3:36 PM EDT
Sep 5, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Patrick Cantlay walks off the 1st green during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports


Even after winning the Tour Championship and the $15 million bonus, Patrick Cantlay has criticized the format of the FedExCup playoffs. Meanwhile, Cantlay won the Tour Championship by a stroke. He finished with a score of -21, while Jon Rahm was right behind him with at -20. However, still, he was critical about the format of the Tour Championship. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

But it is not the first time Cantlay has raised his concerns about this format. He had stated earlier in the week that the format didn’t make any sense and echoed the same feelings even after winning the FedExCup trophy. 

“I’m still not a fan of this format,” says Patrick Cantlay

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Patrick Cantlay plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I think that I am still not a fan of this format I don’t think it’s a good format,” said Cantlay. “I don’t like the fact that somebody else shot the lowest score this week, and they would have won the Tour Championship in years past.” 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In 2019, the Tour Championship format was changed to a new stroke-based format. They made this change to ensure that the Tour Championship winner would also be the FedExCup champion. Hence, Cantlay, the player with the most FedExCup points following the BMW Championship, started the event at the East Lake with a score of -10.

Moreover, with the second-highest number of points, Tony Finau started at -8, while Bryson at third place started -7. In this manner, all players were given predetermined strokes based on their rankings. And without the stroke-based format, Jon Rahm and Kevin Na would have shared the lead at -14 after 72 holes. Moreover, Xander Schuaffele would have been at third place with -12 and Cantlay at fourth with -11. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

So, Patrick Cantlay didn’t even register the best score at the Tour Championship and yet won the event. His win at the BMW Championship meant he moved to first place in the FedExCup rankings. Consequently, this gave him a starting score of -10 at the Tour Championship. However, without that, either Jon Rahm or Kevin Na would have won the event and also the $15 million bonus. 

DIVE DEEPER

Has Tiger Woods Played Against Jack Nicklaus? All You Need to Know About Their H2H Record

17 days ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Amey Kulkarni

287 articles

Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT