Patrick Cantlay says he is “looking forward” to making his Ryder Cup (USA 4/7, Tie 10/1, Europe 15/8 – Outright Winner) debut after clinching the sixth and final automatic qualifying place in Steve Stricker’s USA team.

Despite winning twice on the PGA Tour this season, Cantlay was still outside of the top-six positions heading into last week’s penultimate FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club.

However, the American produced a sensational performance, spearheaded by a red-hot putter, to become the first player to win three times on the US circuit in the 2020/21 campaign after beating Bryson DeChambeau in an epic six-hole play-off.

After both men finished the regulation 72 holes on -27, they matched each other over the first five extra holes before Cantlay sunk another tremendous putt for birdie on the 18th hole to claim the spoils.

Not only has the 29-year-old climbed to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, which will see him start this week’s Tour Championship with a two-stroke advantage on -10, but he has also secured his place in the USA’s Ryder Cup for the first time.

Speaking on this achievement, Cantlay said: “It’s nice to get in on points, and I’m really looking forward to that whole event. I’ve heard so much about it and watched it growing up. I’m sure it will be everything I’ve imagined and more.”

Before the Americans take on holders Europe (11/8 – To Lift the Cup) at Whistling Straits next month, there is the small matter of finding out who will be crowned FedEx Cup champion, which brings with it a $15million bonus and a five-year PGA Tour exemption for the winner.

Cantlay (28/1 – The Masters 2022 Outright) will start the Tour Championship with a two-shot lead over compatriot Tony Finau, who recently won The Northern Trust and is one stroke ahead of DeChambeau.

Spaniard Rahm begins on -6, one clear of Australian Cameron Smith, while Justin Thomas, Harris English, Abraham Ancer, Jordan Spieth and Sam Burns will also start Thursday’s round on -4.

Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovland, Louis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson are sat on -3, while Rory McIlroy (16/1 – The Masters 2022 Outright), Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na, Brooks Koepka are sitting on -2.

Corey Conners, Hideki Matsuyama, Stewart Cink, Joaquin Niemann and Scottie Scheffler begin on -1, while Daniel Berger, Erik van Rooyen, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed are all at level par.

USA Ryder Cup skipper Stricker will name his six picks to complete his 12-man team following the conclusion of the Tour Championship.

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