The American carded a last day two-under 69 at Wilmington Nation Membership to complete 14-under and edge compatriot Scott Stallings by a stroke.
The triumph secured the 30-year-old a $2.7 million share of the $15 million match prize purse and stamps his ticket because the No. 2 seed for the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Membership on Thursday.
Beginning two pictures behind No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Cantlay will look to defend a second successive title following his wire-to-wire victory within the season-ending occasion final September.
“I am in a very great spot,” Cantlay informed reporters.
“It will be a bit of completely different sort of a problem this yr, clearly, being two behind Scottie. He is performed a whole lot of nice golf this yr, so I count on the identical. Nevertheless it’s a golf course I actually like, and I am wanting ahead to the problem.”
With the main duo tied heading into the closing two holes, an exhilarating climax noticed Cantlay’s booming tee drive narrowly skip over a bunker and settle 63 yards from the opening.
“I believed hitting it on that line, it will for certain be in a bunker,” Cantlay stated.
“Possibly probably the greatest breaks I’ve gotten coming down the stretch, and while you get a break like that, that you must pay it off, and fortuitously I did.”
An outstanding strategy left the world No. 3 with a brief putt for birdie, and — as Stallings parred — Cantlay made no mistake to nudge forward.
Having narrowly dodged the sand on the penultimate gap, destiny caught up with Cantlay when his last tee shot dropped right into a bunker over 150 yards from the pin. However the 30-year-old responded with what he dubbed as one in every of his greatest pictures all week, slicing his exit shot onto the inexperienced.
Although a 48-foot birdie putt got here up simply brief to disclaim the American a fairytale end, Cantlay tapped house for par to retain the crown he received at Caves Valley in Maryland final yr.
The win marks Cantlay’s second of the PGA Tour season following victory on the Zurich Traditional in April. It might properly have been extra had it not been for a trio of runner-up finishes on the WM Phoenix Open, RBC Heritage and the Rocket Mortgage Traditional, but Cantlay is just not hung up on near-misses.
“The factor I all the time remind myself of after I end second or I am shut is Jack Nicklaus had extra seconds in majors than he had wins,” he stated.
“That stat will shock you contemplating he has essentially the most majors ever. Nobody would ever say he could not shut or nobody would say that he wilted underneath stress, and but he had extra second locations than anyone else.
“You possibly can’t all the time management what different individuals round you do or the place you get the proper bounce or the unsuitable bounce. However placing your self in competition time after time after time, the bounces are going to go your means and you will get your fair proportion of wins,” he added.
Scheffler and Xander Schauffele led the chasing pack to complete 11-under, but it surely was a catastrophic last spherical for world No. 8 Collin Morikawa.
Having shot 65 on Saturday, the two-time main winner had regarded set for a powerful end however noticed his hopes of a late cost dented by back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth gap.
A birdie on the fifth noticed the 25-year-old leap to joint-sixth place, however catastrophe struck on the par-four eleventh gap when he four-putted for a double bogey.
But the nightmare was solely simply starting, as Morikawa subsequently despatched two pictures into the water guarding the inexperienced on the twelfth gap. A collection of missed putts compounded the American’s woes, as he lastly holed out for a 10-stroke quintuple bogey, the very best rating he has ever holed on the PGA Tour.
Morikawa closed with six straight pars to card an eight-over 79, ending tied for forty fourth. Regardless of his last spherical woes, the 2021 Open champion nonetheless certified for Thursday’s Tour Championship, the place he’ll begin because the Twentieth-ranked seed of the 30-player subject.