Patrick Cantlay Accidentally Reveals Confidential Ryder Cup Information

Published 08/30/2021, 11:12 AM EDT
Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Patrick Cantlay lines up a putt on the third playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Patrick Cantlay endured six playoff holes against Bryson DeChambeau to emerge victorious at the BMW Championship 2021. The win also earned Cantlay a spot on his first-ever Ryder Cup team and the 29-year-old accidentally broke out some information about the tournament that he wasn’t supposed to! 

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The thrill got to Patrick Cantlay. After he won the BMW Championship, Cantlay was asked about his thoughts on making the 2020 Ryder Cup team. He was elated about making the team, but also revealed something that has not been officially confirmed yet. 

“Yeah, I’m excited. Fred Couples texted me this week and said it looks like he’s going to be one of the assistant captains, and so he’ll be up there,” Cantlay told the media.

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If one is still unaware of what Cantlay revealed, it is the fact that Fred Couples will serve as vice-captain on the U.S. Ryder Cup team this year. However, Team USA captain Steve Stricker has not officially named Couples as one of the assistant captains yet. 

Hence, Cantlay is the first one to break this information to the world. While there is no official word about Couples being selected as an assistant captain, we already know that Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, and Davis Love III are the ones who’ve publicly been announced to take charge as vice-captains for Team USA at Ryder Cup 2020. 

Patrick Cantlay takes up the sixth automatic qualification spot for Team USA

The Ryder Cup 2020 is nearing. The event was supposed to be held last year, but the pandemic forced a postponement of the prestigious tournament. The Ryder Cup is scheduled to begin September 24, and both Team USA and Europe look properly stacked. 

As for Team USA, there are six automatic qualification spots allotted based on Ryder Cup standings. After winning the BMW Championship, Patrick Cantlay filled the sixth and final automatic berth. 

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Now, we’d have to wait for the conclusion of the Tour Championship, only after which Steve Stricker will name his six “captain’s picks.” Things are bound to get interesting when he makes his six picks. 

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The Ryder Cup 2020 will take place at Whistling Straits from September 24-26. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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