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Wednesday May 9, 2021 – In sports and in life, you play the hand you’re dealt. A win is a win is a win.

Patrick Cantlay’s checkbook agrees.

Winning the Memorial — and a juicy $1.67 million dollar purse — Cantlay took advantage of third-round leader Jon Rahm’s controversial withdrawal before taking down Collin Morikawa in a playoff.

And while a payout like that is enough to give most men the vinegar strokes, something much more arousing is now within reach.

The win, his second on Tour this year (ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP), propelled Cantlay from 15th into 1st Place in the FedExCup standings. With nearly $15 million going to this year’s FedExCup champion, Cantlay’s currently in the drivers seat to nearly double his on-course career earnings ($19.9 million).

Think he’s motivated? We do. He’s firmly cemented inside the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings and we’re excited to see how the rest of 2021 plays out…starting with the U.S. Open.

A special note to all my fellow degenerates out there: Cantlay’s currently listed at 28-1 — the 10th-best odds — to win at Torrey Pines.

Free money? Maybe. Free value? Yes.

If he lands you some extra cash next weekend (or gets you on the leaderboard in Cut Draw’s members-only fantasy league), do us a favor and give us a shout-out to your golfing buddies.

…also, send out the smoke patrol. Well done, Patrick.