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Patrick Cantlay has interesting answer about joining LIV

Patrick Cantlay waves to fans

Aug 21, 2022; Wilmington, Delaware, USA; Patrick Cantlay waves to fans as he walks off the course after winning the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour has already lost several of its best young stars to LIV Golf. It does not sound like Patrick Cantlay will be the next, but has he ruled out making the jump? Not exactly.

Cantlay told Golf.com’s Dylan Dethier this week that he has no plans to leave the PGA Tour for LIV. He admits, however, that it is possible he could change his mind down the road.

“It’s an ever-evolving calculation, right?” Cantlay said. “Because if 20 of the 24 guys here this week (at the Presidents Cup) go out and play the other tour, then it makes it way more likely that I’m going to want to go to the other tour. So to say that I would never, ever play on that tour — I don’t think that’s truthful.”

Essentially, Cantlay is saying he is not going to remain blindly committed to the PGA Tour if LIV continues to poach top talent. He likely wants to compete against the best players in the world. If there is a point when LIV has more elite talent than the PGA Tour, Cantlay might consider signing with the Saudi-backed league.

There is already a big rivalry between PGA Tour and LIV players. Cantlay got a taste of that when one LIV player’s wife appeared to take a shot at him on social media.

Cantlay, 30, has eight career wins on the PGA Tour. He also has three top-10 finishes in major championships.

Pat Perez’s wife throws shade at Schauffele, Cantlay in Instagram comment

Ashley Perez smiles

Pat Perez’s wife Ashley threw some shade at a few other golfers via Instagram on Tuesday.

Patrick Cantlay’s fiancee Nikki Guidish shared some photos on Instagram over the weekend from a vacation in Napa, Calif. that they’re spending with Xander and Maya Schauffele.

Golf.com shared on their Instagram account one of the photos of the foursome together. According to Golf.com, Ashley Perez threw some shade at the foursome in a comment on the photo.

“I’m sorry. That doesn’t look like fun…. At all,” she wrote in a since-deleted comment.

The comment may make some sense.

There is a rivalry growing between golfers who left for LIV (like Perez) and those who have remained on the PGA Tour (like Cantlay and Schauffele). Perez was one of the most vocal golfers who left for LIV. He and Ashley have not at all been shy about leaving for the big pay day.

Ashley and Pat come across as more of a Las Vegas club/rock-and-roll concert for fun rather than wine tasting in Napa type of couple. But to each their own.

Patrick Cantlay, girlfriend Nikki Guidish share kiss after TOUR Championship win

Patrick Cantlay girlfriend

Patrick Cantlay capped off an incredible season on Sunday with a win at the TOUR Championship, and his girlfriend was one of the first to congratulate him as always.

Cantlay finished 20-under at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to capture the FedEx Cup and the $15 million prize that goes along with it. After he held off Jon Rahm with a birdie at the 18th, Cantlay and his girlfriend Nikki Guidish shared a victory kiss.

Guidish has been very supportive of Cantlay all year.

Cantlay had an incredible season and an even better finish to the year. He won four PGA Tour events and did so in dramatic fashion. Some of the putts he drained in a 6-hole playoff against Bryson DeChambeau at the BMW Championship proved how clutch he is in big moments. Cantlay may look insane in his PGA Tour promo photo, but he has it all figured out on the course.

Patrick Cantlay looks insane in this promo photo

Patrick Cantlay promo photo

Patrick Cantlay has been laser focused while playing some of the best golf of his career this season. Apparently the PGA Tour wanted to illustrate that in his promo photo.

Cantlay, who led through the first three rounds at the TOUR Championship, looks downright possessed in his latest promo photo. Check it out:

Perhaps that is the best photo they had. Cantlay may have even chosen to pose that way, for all we know.

Cantlay began the TOUR Championship at 10-under par, as he was the leader in the FedEx Cup standings going into the event. Tony Finau was next at 8-under to start and Bryson DeChambeau began at 7-under.

Heading into the final round on Sunday, Cantlay had held onto his lead with a score of 20-under. The winner of the TOUR Championship will take home a whopping $15 million prize.

If you saw some of the putts Cantlay drained at the BMW Championship, you know he’s basically on another planet right now. The promo photo is fitting in that sense.

Video: This is the putt that finally won Patrick Cantlay the BMW Championship

Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay won the BMW Championship on Sunday at Owings Mills, Md. after edging Bryson DeChambeau on the sixth playoff hole.

DeChambeau and Cantlay kept going back-and-forth in a sudden-death playoff, with neither player able to get the edge. DeChambeau had numerous opportunities to win the tournament but kept barely missing his putts.

Finally, it was Cantlay who got the upper hand by sinking a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole. This was the putt that won him the tournament:

DeChambeau had an opportunity to match but missed his putt, giving Cantlay the win.

Cantlay has now won his third PGA Tour event since October. Interestingly, he also had to win a playoff to capture the Memorial in June, when he beat Collin Morikawa.

Cantlay said he was “finally starting to putt like me again.”

He also lauded the fans, calling them “awesome” and saying it was great to have them at the event.

Maybe this was some justice after DeChambeau complained about Cantlay’s behavior.

Video: Patrick Cantlay drains long birdie to force playoff with Bryson DeChambeau

Patrick Cantlay putt

Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau put on a show during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday, and the most clutch shot of the day came on the 18th green.

Cantlay needed to birdie the final regulation hole of the tournament to tie DeChambeau at 27-under. He was barely clinging to life when he left himself more than 20 feet for his birdie, but he buried it with a $1.71 million payday on the line. Here’s the putt:

DeChambeau then missed his putt to finish with a par, which left both golfers at 27-under and forced a sudden death playoff.

Golf fans couldn’t have asked for more in the second-to-last PGA Tour event of the year. There was even some drama when DeChambeau scolded Cantlay a few holes earlier for walking as DeChambeau was addressing a shot. You can see that video here.

Video: Bryson DeChambeau scolds Patrick Cantlay for walking during shot

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is considered by many to be one of the greatest golf villains of all time, and he added to that reputation with a tense moment during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday.

DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay were paired together at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland after they were co-leaders through 54 holes. They battled back and forth all day. As DeChambeau was about to hit his second shot on the 14th hole, he became distracted by Cantlay walking in his periphery. He backed off the ball and sternly asked Cantlay to stop moving.

Here’s the video:

Cantlay wasn’t rattled. He went on to birdie the 14th to keep things tight. He also made par on the 17th after hitting his tee shot in the water.

DeChambeau rubs a lot of people on the PGA Tour the wrong way, though we’re most familiar with his ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka. While he’s certainly not the only golfer who wants quiet and calm during his shots, it’s rare to see someone call out their playing partner like that.

Video: Patrick Cantlay hits female spectator with shot

Patrick Cantlay hits woman

Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament after beating Collin Morikawa in a playoff on Sunday. He also happened to nail a spectator during the round.

Cantlay was on the final hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club and launched a shot into the gallery. It hit a woman who was standing there and then ricocheted to the cart path.

Cantlay was not dismayed. He still hit a great approach and ended up shooting par for the hole. Both he and Morikawa finished the tournament at 13 under, which led them to play a playoff hole. They replayed 18, where Cantlay’s par won him the event.

The unfortunate part of the tournament is that Jon Rahm had a major advantage over both players but was forced to withdraw.