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There is still no sign that Patrick Cantlay will transfer trains to LIV Golf


With the FedEx Cup Qualifiers officially underway on Thursday, some focus has been on Patrick Cantlayand rightly so, with the world number 5 golfer having won the FedEx Cup in 2021 and is fully expected to compete for the title again this year.

But this is 2022 golf we’re talking about here, so of course the focus is only partially on whether Cantlay is the first golfer to ever win the FedEx Cup in a row. The rest of the focus is on whether he is the latest pro to miss the breakaway LIV Golf tour.

Cantlay has been rumored for weeks as one of the latest golfers to say he won’t take part in the controversial Saudi Arabia-sponsored tournament but will then jump ship at the end of the FEC Playoffs. The Long Beach native initially said he had “no plans” to leave the PGA Tour, which suspended many professionals to join LIV Golf.

“My game is in a really good spot,” Cantlay said Golf Digest at the end of July. “Like I said in some press earlier this year, I’ve been trying to duplicate the process that got me where I am, not changing the whole thing and just looking for small, gradual improvements, and I think The consistent play I’ve had this year is a testament to that.”

While everyone’s plans change, it seems Cantlay doesn’t want to give up on the PGA Tour, especially given how hard he’s worked to get where he is.

If Cantlay wins a second FedEx Cup in a row and then leaves LIV Golf, the criticism won’t stop. The PGA Tour is currently addressing many LIV golfers complaining about not being able to compete in the FEC Qualifiers – LIV Golf does not qualify for world ranking – with three golfers already making it far file a temporary restraining order so that they can compete in the knockout round. The backlash against these golfers has been terrible, so it’s fair to think that the reaction to Cantlay’s departure from the PGA after playing in the knockout stages would be even harsher.

For now, Cantlay’s energy seems to be heavily focused on winning a second FedEx Cup. His journey to compete for that honor begins Thursday at TPC Southwind, where he will kick the ball with Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy at 2:06 p.m. ET.





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