2021 Tour Championship: Winners and Losers at East Lake
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Patrick Cantlay of the United States celebrates on the 18th green after winning during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 05, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Each week on the PGA Tour, there are players who do better than what is expected and those who fall short of what is expected of them. Here at Pro Golf Now, we call them winners and losers. Here are the winners and losers from the 2021 Tour Championship.
Patrick Cantlay – He proved to be unflappable in the final two playoff events and he earned the $15 million prize in the process. He has also made his claim to be PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Jon Rahm – He started the week four shots behind and did almost everything he could to catch Cantlay. Alas, it was not enough as Rahm came up just short. Still, it was a great season for Rahm.
Kevin Na – No one really saw this coming as the week began but Na worked his way up to solo third in the Tour Championship. Very good week for Na against some outstanding competition.
Xander Schauffele – Nobody loves East Lake like Schauffele. The Olympic gold medalist closed with a 64 on Sunday to climb into a tie for fourth place.
Viktor Hovland – The talented youngster closed with a 65 to climb his way into a tie for fourth. Solid showing for a player who may win this event one day.
Tony Finau – He entered the week in second place, two shots back of Cantlay to start. But Finau shot 72 on Thursday, 67 on Friday, 73 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 11th place.
Hideki Matsuyama – He opened with a 77 on Thursday to take himself out of contention. He bounced back with a 65 on Friday but his 69-70 weekend left him in a tie for 26th place.
Collin Morikawa – He was in great position in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the playoffs but never had it during the three postseason events. This week was no exception. She shot 70-73-68-72 to finish in a tie for 26th place.
Stewart Cink – The 40-something Cink had a solid season but this was not his week. He shot 72 on Thursday, bounced back with a 68 on Friday, but shot 71-70 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 26th place.
Joaquin Niemann – Someone has to finish last and, with the exception of the withdrawn Brooks Koepka, Niemann was that person this week. Niemann was the only player to not break par all week. And he played the final round, by himself, in less than two hours