Patrick Cantlay captured his first PGA Tour victory on the second playoff hole at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
The 25-year-old outlasted Alex Cjeka and Whee Kim in windy conditions following a final round 67 at TPC Summerlin.
“I want to be the best player in the world, and I want to win a bunch of tournaments. I feel like if that’s not what you’re out here for, you shouldn’t be out here,” Cantlay said. “Having won, I hope they pile up. I feel like getting your first one can sometimes be the toughest one to get, and I feel really good about my game, and hopefully I can start getting some more wins.”
It was the 43rd start for the former UCLA star who has battled back problems since the 2013 Colonial.
For the victory, Cantlay earned $1.2 million, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters field in April. He also moved up to third place in the FedEx Cup standings.
“Goals for the rest of the season, definitely majors,” Cantlay said. “It will be nice to be into all of those, and making it all the way to the FedExCup final and playing well in those events, those are big.”
Chesson Hadley was among a group of three that finished a stroke out of the playoff.
UT’s Beau Hossler tied for seventh at 7 under with SMU’s Bryson DeChambeau and TCU’s Tom Hoge.
A.J. McInerney, a Las Vegas resident who was among those to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting last month, finished in a tie for 10th in his first PGA Tour event.
Next up on the PGA Tour is the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Notables in the field include Rickie Fowler, defending champion Pat Perez, Zach Johnson, Luke List, Graeme McDowell and Chesson Hadley.