Sunday Territorian

PAR-FIVE SLAYER CANTLAY STROKE IN FRONT OF R AHM

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PATRICK Cantlay rolled in a 2½metre birdie putt at the 18th hole on Saturday to stay one stroke in front of top-ranked Jon Rahm in the US PGA Tour Championsh­ip at East Lake in Atlanta.

Cantlay started the day two shots in front of Rahm and had four birdies without a blemish in his four-under 64.

Rahm had closed with three straight birdies in his five-under 65. That put him at 16-under in the tournament that features a staggered start in which players were staked to strokes based on their spot in the playoff standings.

After his victory in the BMW Championsh­ip last week,

Cantlay was ranked first and had a two-stroke lead, on 10-under, heading to the first tee.

Cantlay said it was “definitely” important to drain that final birdie. “I think I’ve gotten all the par-fives so far, four birdies on the four par-fives I’ve played, and it’s important around this golf course because the fives are gettable,” he said.

Australian Cameron Smith, fifth in the FedEx standings before the event, added another 68 to be tied for fifth at nine-under. Meanwhile, Australian Min Woo, 23, Lee held a two-shot lead on 10-under after the second round of the European Tour’s Italian Open.

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