Ryder Cup: Patrick Cantlay snags the final automatic spot for Team USA

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Source: Skysports

With his victory at the BMW Championship, Patrick Cantlay secured a Ryder Cup debut, while Sergio Garcia and Erik van Rooyen both had solid finishes to secure spots in the 30-man field for next week’s Tour Championship.

Patrick Cantlay’s remarkable victory at the BMW Championship has secured him a spot on the US Ryder Cup team as the sixth and final automatic qualifier.

Cantlay was 11th in the standings when he came at Caves Valley, but his birdie on the sixth playoff hole against Bryson DeChambeau moved him five places up the rankings and knocked Tony Finau out of the team for the time being.

Following an exchange of communications with former Masters champion Fred Couples earlier this week, Cantlay said he expected Couples to be included to Steve Stricker’s backroom crew.

“I’m ecstatic,” Cantlay added. “This week, Fred Couples texted me and said it appears he’ll be one of the assistant captains, so he’ll be up there.” I’ve been chatting with Xander (Schauffele), JT (Justin Thomas), and Jordan about it, and we’re all incredibly excited.

“It’s good to be able to participate in points, and I’m looking forward to the entire event. I’ve heard and seen a lot about it since I was a kid. I’m confident it’ll be everything I’ve hoped for and more. I’m going to lock myself in there, and hopefully, we’ll win.”

Following his first win in over five years at The Northern Trust last week, Finau appears to be a cinch to keep his spot in the team, with Steve Stricker set to announce his six captain’s picks on September 8.

Open champion Collin Morikawa finished first, ahead of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and Justin Thomas, while Ryder Cup veterans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are among the stars currently relying on a wildcard for the event at Whistling Straits.

Cantlay’s remarkable victory in Baltimore also vaulted him to the top of the FedExCup rankings ahead of the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.

Because of the staggered scoring system, Cantlay will tee off on Thursday at East Lake on 10 under par, while Tony Finau will start on eight under.

Despite missing the last three tournaments due to illness, Reed, who was released from the hospital after being treated for bilateral pneumonia, secured the 30th and final spot in the Tour Championship field.

The 2018 Masters champion appeared to be out until KH Lee bogeyed the final hole of the BMW Championship, slipping to 31st in the FedExCup rankings as a result of his error.

Sergio Garcia and Erik van Rooyen were the major winners in the PGA Tour season’s penultimate event, with Garcia leaping 16 spots to 28th following a tie for sixth at Caves Valley.

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