One stroke made a big difference twice this week for Patrick Cantlay. On Friday, he made a par to fall inside the cut on the number at The American Express and earn his way into the last two rounds. On Sunday, he made a 38-foot birdie putt at the last hole to take a clubhouse lead after shooting 61 on Sunday and 126 for the weekend. An hour later, Si Woo Kim would usurp him by a single stroke for his first win since the 2017 Players Championship.

The 61 from Cantlay is the round of the year thus far and will go down as one of a handful of best rounds we see in 2021 when the calendar flips 11 months from now. Cantlay gained a preposterous 9.62 strokes on the field (anything at or around 10 is round-of-the-year material), but the hole he put himself in following a 69-71 start was too much, and Kim’s 64 on Sunday…

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