2020 ZOZO Championship Recap

Thousand Oaks, California – Patrick Cantlay is victorious in California as he wins his 3rd PGA Tour victory and first win in over a year.  The California-native grew up not too far from Sherwood Country Club in Long Beach so Cantlay’s first win in his home state was extra satisfying.  Patrick overcame quite some competition on Sunday as he beat the 2nd and 3rd ranked players in the world in the final round to close out the win and avoid a playoff.

Cantlay started the final round 3-strokes off the lead.  Justin Thomas held that lead and was certainly not going to be easy to catch.  Cantlay got off to a fast start as he went out with a 4-under 32.  His competitors Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas exchanged birdies on the front but were all square going to the back after Rahm birdied the 9th.

Patrick Cantlay kicked his game into another gear on the back 9, however.  Thomas and Rahm both started to falter for the first time all week missing fairways and barely saving par.  With a birdie-fest like Sherwood was, making pars felt like bogeys.  This is when Cantlay birdied 4 of his last 8 holes with only one blemish at the par-5 16th.  Although, Rahm and Thomas just needed one more birdie coming down the stretch, Cantlay’s one-shot lead would hold and he would secure his 3rd PGA Tour victory.

Next week, the Tour heads down to Bermuda for the Bermuda Championship as players start to prep for Augusta just a few weeks away.

Patrick Cantlay’s WITB:

Driver: Titleist TS3 10.5˚ (Mitsubishi Diamana BF60 TX)

Fairway wood: Titleist 915F 15˚(Diamana ZF70 TX)

Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 21˚ (Fujikura Atmos 8 Blue X)

Irons: Titleist AP2 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue 120 X100)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46°, 54°, 56° and 61° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Zack Buechner

Zack has been a contributor at Plugged In Golf since 2018. He is a certified athletic trainer and has been licensed for almost 10 years, with experience working in the NFL, NCAA, and PGA Tour Champions. Zack currently works for a physical therapy and wellness company in southern Connecticut where he lives with his wife Ashley and their 2 year old son and dog. Although he only started playing golf after college in 2010, he is passionate for the game and enjoys meeting new people who are as obsessed with golf as he is.

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