2022 BMW Championship leaderboard: Patrick Cantlay surges into solo lead after Round 3 in Wilmington – CBS Sports

2022 BMW Championship leaderboard: Patrick Cantlay surges into solo lead after Round 3 in Wilmington - CBS Sports

Players have described Wilmington Country Club in the same vein as Caves Valley, last year’s BMW Championship site, so it should come as no surprise that Patrick Cantlay finds himself on the leaderboard after 54 holes of play. The defending champion may not be putting the ball like he did a year ago in Baltimore, but he’s getting around the golf course just as efficiently.

The reigning FedEx Cup champion stands alone at 12 under and one stroke clear of his good friend and playing competitor the first three days, Xander Schauffele, as well as Scott Stallings. A duel between the two men who have shared Presidents Cups, Ryder Cups, a Zurich Classic title and even vacations with their significant others feels like the only item missing from their friendship.

Similar in demeanor and similar from a statistical perspective, the two evenly matched Americans will enter the final round as the top two names on both the leaderboard and the odds board at Caesars Sportsbook.

However, not too long ago we saw this duo pairing off in a final round. We only need to look back to the Travelers Championship, in which Schauffele won while Cantlay was terrible. A victim of a 6-over 76, Cantlay took himself out of contention early Sunday and robbed golfers of a potential back-and-forth battle between the two.

This time is fundamentally different because the stakes are higher and Schauffele will serve as the chaser. Cantlay will start the final round with the slight edge and marks his first 54-hole lead in just about a year – the last occasion coming at last season’s Tour Championship. It was at this same tournament where Cantlay began his march to his FedEx Cup title when he defeated Bryson DeChambeau in dramatic fashion, and now he hopes to dismantle Schauffele and Co. on the way to a similar run.

the boss

1. Patrick Cantlay (-12)

The wins haven’t increased like 2021, but Cantlay is playing even better than a season ago. Without a solo win this season, the world number 4 has come close on numerous occasions, losing in playoffs to Scottie Scheffler at the WM Phoenix Open and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage.

Add in another runner-up finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and in total, Cantlay has captured top-10 finishes in half of his starts this season. Consistency often isn’t rewarded on the PGA Tour any time soon. In the long run, it’s a different story and there’s now a real chance it will pay off for Cantlay in a big way.

Projected to move up the FedEx Cup standings with a win at Wilmington CC, Cantlay can become the first man to not only successfully defend a postseason event but also successfully defend a FedEx Cup crown. If able to accomplish that mission, Cantlay would raise more than $20 million in a two-week stretch.

“I think maybe in the bigger tournaments it’s easier to narrow your focus, and I did a good job of staying in the moment and trying to get the right mindset and a good attitude,” Cantlay said. “I like this golf course. I like the grasses it’s played on. I like bent grass, and this golf course is in really clean shape. It was even better before they burned the greens.”

Other contenders

T2. Xander Schauffele and Scott Stallings (-11)

T4. Adam Scott and Scottie Scheffler (-10)

T6. Collin Morikawa and Aaron Wise (-9)

T8. Joaquin Niemann and Corey Conners (-8)

Players within four strokes of the lead still have to believe they have a chance to lift the BMW Championship trophy. While Cantlay will be a tough player to top, the Chasers boast a credible resume. Schauffele and Scheffler touched the lead at various points during this championship, but it was Morikawa who made the biggest move on Saturday.

After a terrible performance on the greens in the second round, the two-time major champion was able to find something in his putting stroke and propel himself back into contention. Signing for a 6-under 65, Morikawa, the only top-10 player in the Official World Golf Rankings to remain winless in the 2021-22 season, will look for his first win in more than a year. Despite that, he has raised his game in major championships and in big moments, and has spoken about what will be needed for his first title since the 2021 Open.

“I think stay patient. I think as dry and as bouncy these greens get, take advantage when you’re in the fairway and you have a good angle and a good number. But just be patient,” Morikawa said of his game. plan for the final round. “Obviously, I think a lot of good rounds here started well at the beginning of the round, and that’s key. But if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean you can’t make birdies, like 8. , 9, 10, 11 , 12. It’s been a while since — hopefully I’ll be within some of the lead tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited.”

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What Will Zalatoris’ WD means for the postseason finale

The winner of the St. Jude Championship entered the BMW Championship narrowly leading the FedEx Cup standings. needing retire in the middle of the round on Saturday due to a back injury, the departure of Zalatoris gave way for another player to start the Tour Championship on the standings. This head start has proven to be crucial in years past with the leader starting the Tour Championship at 10 under. The FedEx Cup No. 2 will start at 8 under, and then Zalatoris — who is currently projected to drop to No. 3 in the standings — will start the week at 7 under.

Tour Championship implications

Eyes will be drawn to the top of the leaderboard, but those hovering around the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings will also be of particular interest. With every shot of major significance, those on the bubble will compete for a spot in the field at next week’s Tour Championship, where big paydays and major championship exemptions await.

“I’m just going out and trying to win a golf tournament,” said Denny McCarthy, who is currently T10 at 7 under. “I was close for a while. I think that mentality worked well for me. I know I have to have a good finish. But winning is a pretty good finish too.”

Aaron Wise




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Corey Conners




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Shane Lowry 34 T18 1,147,877
KH Lee 35 T26 1,121,399

2022 BMW Championship updated odds, picks

  • Patrick Cantlay: 10/23
  • Xander Schauffele: 33/10
  • Scottie Scheffler: 9/2
  • Scott Stallings: 2/15
  • Adam Scott: 10-1
  • Collin Morikawa: 14-1
  • Aaron Wise: 20-1
  • Rory McIlroy: 35-1
  • Joaquin Niemann: 35-1
  • Corey Conners: 40-1

Fairways will be crucial on Sunday, and among those listed above, Morikawa and Conners lead the way in terms of driving accuracy. Morikawa was finally able to show something with the putter on Saturday and is just three strokes off Cantlay’s lead. Although Cantlay is my pick to win the BMW Championship, I wouldn’t be shocked if Morikawa can post the clubhouse and give him something to think about down the stretch.

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