The PGA TOUR declared that FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay has been named the 2021 PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted by the TOUR’s membership for the 2020-21 season.
Cantlay won four times on the season including back-to-back victories in the FedExCup Playoffs.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 14, 2021
Cantlay, 29, managed wire to wire at East Lake to claim the Tour Championship, capping a four-win 2021 that included $7,638,805 in official winnings plus $15 million as the FedEx Cup champion.
Cantlay, who will get the Jack Nicklaus Award for winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, was selected for the honour over (alphabetically) Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Collin Morikawa and Jon Rahm.
“The fact that it’s voted on by my fellow PGA Tour players, I think that means a lot to me,” Cantlay said Tuesday. “It wasn’t something that I necessarily thought was on the radar middle of the year, but then I closed really well and played a lot of really nice golf towards the end.”
From a full year off and the verge of retirement in 2016, Cantlay won the ZOZO Championship, Memorial Tournament and BMW Championship before closing out the season with the Tour Championship victory.
Racking up dubs. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/1kUYTmEFcx
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 6, 2021
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to congratulate Patrick Cantlay on being honoured as the 2021 PGA TOUR Player of the Year,” said Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Receiving this award through a member vote reflects the respect his peers have for Patrick. His play throughout 2020-21 was phenomenal, and in stepping up to win consecutive FedExCup Playoffs events and the FedExCup, Patrick was at his best when it mattered most in our season.”
No player has won four tournaments in a season since Justin Thomas in 2016-17. Cantlay also finished runner-up at The American Express and had seven top-10 finishes in 24 starts this season.
.At the BMW Championship, Cantlay set the record for most Strokes Gained: Putting during the ShotLink era (14.577) en route to defeating Bryson DeChambeau in a six-hole playoff.
Cantlay beat Rahm by one stroke at the TOUR Championship the following week. Every player that finished runner-up to Cantlay in his four wins either won a major championship or THE PLAYERS at another point in the season (DeChambeau, Morikawa, Rahm, Thomas).