124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

Winner's Bag

The clubs Patrick Cantlay used to win the 2021 Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

September 05, 2021

Sam Greenwood

Patrick Cantlay worked an entire season to earn a four-stroke advantage over Jon Rahm as they entered the Tour Championship. As it turned out, he needed it in order to win not only the event, but the FedEx Cup title—and the $15 million prize—with it.

Cantlay and Rahm separated themselves from the field on Saturday at East Lake, and on Sunday, no one put any real pressure on the pair, effectively making it match play late in the proceedings as the lead was narrowed to a single stroke when Cantlay bogeyed the ninth. From there the duo went on a parade of pars until Cantlay broke the monotony with a birdie at 16. A bogey save on 17 still allowed him to lead by one, and then his birdie on the final hole clinched the title.

Befitting a season-long champion, most aspects of Cantlay’s game were on point at East Lake. He ranked third in strokes gained/off-the-tee with his 9.5-degree Titleist TS3 driver with a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX shaft. He also ranked sixth in strokes gained/approach-the-green thanks to his Titleist 718 AP2 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips. In all, Cantlay led the field in greens in regulation, hitting 56 of 72 greens for a 77.78 percentage.

Interestingly, the one area of Cantlay’s game not clicking in its entirety was his putting. A week after setting the all-time strokes gained/putting mark for a single tournament with his Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 mallet, he was modestly on the negative side of the ledger in strokes gained/putting for the week, but did make the clutch six-footer at 16 when he needed it most and then a nervy bogey save at the 17th that kept him in the lead—and eventually go on to be the FedEx Cup champion.

What Patrick Cantlay had in the bag at the 2021 Tour Championship

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: Titleist 915F, 15 degrees

Hybrid: Titleist TS2, 21 degrees

Irons (4-9): Titleist 718 AP2; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM7

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52 degrees); Titleist SM8 (56, 61 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5

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