Cantlay, Schauffele go wire-to-wire at Zurich Classic
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have withstood a determined Sam Burns and Billy Horschel for a wire-to-wire two stroke victory in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Cantlay and Schauffele closed with an even-par-72 in the alternate-shot final round to finish at 29-under to claim the tournament record of 27-under previously set by by Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith in 2017. Together they became the first pair to win the event in wire-to-wire fashion since the event took on the team component in 2017.
Cantlay and Schauffele dominated from the start, shooting a best-ball 59 in the first round and never looked back to go onto card a 68 on Friday in alternate shot and then a 60 in best ball Saturday.
They will share US$2,398,700 ($1,199,350 each) from the US$8.3 million Zurich Classic purse. Runners-up Sam Burns and Billy Horschel split a US979,400 payday and approximately 162 FedExCup points apiece.
WITB: PATRICK CANTLAY
- Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
- Titleist TS3 Driver (9.5º)
- Titleist 915F FW (15º)
- Titleist TS2 FW (21º)
- Titleist TS2 Hybrid (21º)
- Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9)
- Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46º, 52º), SM9 (56º), SM8 Prototype (62º)
- Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 Prototype Putter
WITB: XANDER SCHAUFFELE
- Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond S Driver (10.5º)
- Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond 3W (15º)
- Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 7W (20º)
- Callaway Apex TCB Raw (4-PW)
- Callaway Jaws MD5 (52º)
- Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (56º)
- Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (60º)
- Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red Putter
- Callaway Chrome Soft X LS Prototype Golf Ball
“It was a great week,” said Cantlay. “Second time we’ve played this event and we were looking forward to it since last year. We really always enjoy being with each other, both on and off the golf course, and we both played exceptional this week and had a great time doing it.”
Schauffele was also complementary towards his playing partner, whom he partnered with at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne where they went 2-2, winning both times in foursomes in their maiden appearance.
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay (Credit: PGA Tour)
“I obviously found a really good partner,” said Schauffele. “He played unbelievable golf this week, made me feel comfortable. He brought the best out of me on the course. Yeah, there’s a lot to take from this week.”
The win was Cantlay’s seventh PGA Tour title and his first since the Tour Championship in September. Schauffele won for the fifth time and his first time since the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Aussie duo Jason Day and Jason Scrivener put themselves into a great position across the first three days with rounds of 65, 65 and 63 before a Sunday 73 saw them fall into share of 10th on 22-under.
Defending champions Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman couldn’t replicate the magic from last year and closed in a share of 21st.