He finished the day three shots off the lead on six-under 138.
On Sunday, he carried over that form into the Memorial Tournament, clinching his second PGA Tour victory after carding a closing eight-under 64 for a total of 19-under 269 to beat Australian Adam Scott (68) by two strokes. He leaned on advice from Nicklaus going into the final round to relax, enjoy the surroundings and finish it off. He also missed a 4-foot par putt on the 17th, making his birdie on the 18th meaningless.
The Memorial win is Cantlay's second PGA Tour title and many have predicted the former amateur world No.1 to have a stellar career. A rising star coming out of UCLA - he was low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open and opened with a 60 at the Travelers Championship a week later - he missed two full years with a back injury that almost cost him his career. Other than a short birdie putt miss at the fourth, the two-time major victor looked in complete control but his challenge started to unravel at the ninth after a poor drive led to a bogey. He then missed his first fairway at the par-5 11th, but still managed to make birdie, converting from 21 feet.
"We probably spent a good 90 minutes talking about what he thought strategy-wise and how to play the golf course, and I took insights from that", Cantlay said. He is 15 under for the tournament - the lowest 54-hole score of his career. Woods, of course, won the U.S. Open by 15 shots at Pebble in 2000 and finished T4 when the Open returned in 2010.
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Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, himself looking for a first win since the 2017 Open Championship, was tied seventh on 10 under for his best finish of the season, while Masters champion Tiger Woods finished on nine under after a brilliant final-round charge briefly threatened to produce the most unlikely of victories in a tournament he has won five times.
Kaymer tried to put a courageous face on it after three bogeys in the final seven holes. He wound up in a tie for ninth at 9-under 279. "But hopefully I go out and play a positive round of golf tomorrow, and get something out of my round like I haven't done the first three days". "I listen too much to other people, and also a bit of belief". His last tournament victory was celebrated by Kaymer in 2014, when he won the US Open.
Woods started Sunday well out of contention, but he played his way into the top five by playing his first 12 holes in seven under par. He was 17 under at the Memorial - only six players have done better at Muirfield Village, one of them being Cantlay on Sunday. On the fifth, he sent his drive well to the right into the rough. He was in good shape until hitting into the water on both par 3s on the back nine, and when his hopes were gone, catching a flier out of the first cut that went off the cart path behind the 18th green and into the dining room. On Cantlay Kaymer was five shots ahead. Woods racked up five birdies en route to a blistering front-nine 31. "It was so much bigger than golf".
Woods is now -7 for the tournament and -3 for the day.