2022 Shriners Children’s Open: Top 10 power rankings at TPC Summerlin

Shriners Children's Open, TPC Summerlin,Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Patrick Cantlay, Shriners Children’s Open, TPC Summerlin, Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

Patrick Cantlay has treated the Shriners Children’s Open like an ATM. He won in his tournament debut in 2017 and rattled off second, second, and T-8th the next three years. Cantlay skipped in 2021 but is back to his familiar stomping grounds.

The Californian is coming off a season that finished strong with a repeat win at the BMW Championship en route to a seventh-place finish in the FedEx Cup. Cantlay was the 2020-21 season-long champ and Player of the Year.

This is the former UCLA Bruin’s 2022-23 debut. We last saw Cantlay go 3-1-0 for the victorious American side at the Presidents Cup a couple weeks ago. He and buddy Xander Schauffele went 2-1-0 and Cantlay beat Adam Scott in Sunday singles.

Cantlay’s now at the site of his first PGA Tour win in 2017. He fired 67-71-70-67 and won a three-man playoff with Alex Cejka and Meenwhee Kim.

Cantlay took advantage of better conditions a year later to improve his score by nine shots, only to fall by one to Bryson DeChambeau.

Another close call went away from Cantay in 2019 when rounds of 66-64-63-68 got him into a playoff that he lost on the second hole to Kevin Na.

Those two players reaching a playoff show how different styles can win at TPC Summerlin. Cantlay led the field in strokes gained off the tee (5.253) while Na had it going with his putter.

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Cantlay couldn’t quite contend to the end at the 2020 Shriners despite sharing the 54-hole co-lead. He posted rounds of 63-65-65-73 to finish T-8th.

“…it really rewards driving the ball in the fairway. A lot of the tee shots look good to me here, so I do play from the fairway a lot around here,” Cantlay was quoted by ASAP Sports in 2020. “Just feels like — you know, some courses you play and you feel like you can make a bunch of birdies, you feel like there are a lot of birdies holes out there. For me out here it feels like almost every hole is a birdie hole … I have a lot of confidence here, so I’ve played well.”

That’s all I need to hear to like Cantlay’s chances at earning win No. 9.