Kudos to 610 WTVN morning man, and avid golf fan Joel Riley, who saw this coming. Early last week, Joel listed three favorites in his mind, to win the Memorial. One of them was Patrick Cantlay (Jordan Spieth, 7th, and Tony Finau, missed cut, were the others) and maybe all of us should have seen it coming. Cantlay is having a spectacular year. Sunday's final round 64 led him to his first win of the season, but he's been in the hunt more often than not. In 15 events, Cantlay now has eight top 10 and five top five finishes. He's also knocked on the door at the majors, leading at one point in the final round of the Masters (he wound up 9th) and finishing third at the PGA. On Sunday, he simply outplayed everyone else. His 8-under par round was bogey free and led him to a 19-under score, the 2nd best score in Memorial history. It's not like Adam Scott, the runner-up, didn't play well. Scott shot a 4-under par 68 to get to 17-under, but it wasn't enough. Neither was Martin Kaymer's final score of 15-under. He had to settle for third in what was a thrilling 44th Memorial.
Cantlay is also a popular winner with tournament host Jack Nicklaus. Back in 2011, Cantlay won the Jack Nicklaus trophy as the top collegiate golfer. He and Nicklaus have developed a friendly relationship, to the point that Cantlay sought out the Golden Bear's advise two years back, on how to play Muirfield Village. The advise has paid off, as Cantlay finished fourth at the Memorial last year and is a Memorial champion, which was just his second career PGA Tour victory.
Following his win, Cantlay and Nicklaus were part of the awards ceremony. They also met with the media for a post-tournament press conference. You can check them both out here, as well as the post-round comments of Tiger Woods, who shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to finishe at minus-9, good for a ninth place tie.