Avondale, Los Angeles – Patrick Cantlay and Xander Shaveli outplayed Sam Burns and Billy Hurschel by one stroke Sunday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans to claim a record win.
Cantlay and Shaveli closed in with an equal -72 score late in the afternoon in the final alternate round to finish 29th under 259 at the refreshing TPC Louisiana, two points behind Burns and Hurschel.
Partners Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup broke the 27-year championship record set by Kevin Kesner-Scott Brown and Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith in 2017, the first year the event was a team event. Cantlay and Shaveli are the first over the wire winners since the tournament adopted the team formula.
“It’s been a great week,” Cantlay said. “The second time we’ve played this event and have been looking forward to it since last year. We always enjoy being with each other, on and off the golf course, and we’ve played exceptionally well this week and had a great he-she time.”
Cantlay and Shaveli opened with a record 59 in game best on Thursday, fired 68 on Friday in a substitute shot and had 60 on best ball on Saturday to break the championship’s 54-hole record and open a five-shot lead.
Burns, the local nominee who played at LSU, closed Horschel with a score of 68. Doc Redman and Sam Ryder finished third at 24 under 67.
“It’s kind of bad like that every once in a while when you’re feeling good and trying to chase some leaders but sometimes you just can’t make it, and that’s what it was like for us the last six holes,” Horschel said.
Cantlay, FedExCup title holder and best player on the PGA Tour, won his seventh and first Tour title since the Tour Championships in September. He won a week after losing in a playoff to Jordan Spieth at RBC’s Legacy.
Shaveli won for the fifth time. He last won the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Cantlay and Schauffele took advantage of seventh, with Cantley notching a second 254-yard shot to put Schauffele up with a 7-foot shot.
“(Cantelay) hit an incredible shot in seven,” Shaveli said. “It was a nice thing to see from my corner of the fairway. The round jumped.”
After Schauffele missed a 3-foot flying throw in the short eight Bar-4, Schauffele missed the Greens in the ninth and tenth holes, making consecutive bobs and slipping the lead from five shots to one on charging Burns and Horschel.
“I feel like that ghost was pretty much my fault, I put (Cantelay) in bad places with 8 irons and a wedge in hand,” Shaveli said. “We weren’t really worried about where the others were, just trying to focus on what we could do best.”
Cantlay and Shaveli rebounded by hitting a 3-foot birdie on the eleventh day and followed by six in a row before mistaking the shutter 5.
Burns and Horschel pulled into the distance after Birdieing Numbers 8, 10 and 11. But Burns’ short shot from level 4 to 16 found water and a ghost at level 3 17 left three behind.
Masters champion Scotty Scheffler and Ryan Palmer scored 71 to tie for 18th at the age of 18 under.
The father-and-son team of Jay and Bill Haas tied for 36th after 72. At 68 years, 4 months, 20 days, Jay Haas, who made his official 799th debut, is the oldest player to cut the PGA Tour.