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Jon Rahm bagged his seventh US PGA Tour title in Mexico — his first since his maiden major victory at the US Open at Torrey Pines last year.
Cantlay, who led by four strokes through 10 holes, survived a rough patch that featured three bogeys in six holes on the back nine, carding a three-under-par 67 at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rahm birdied his last three holes Friday for a 5-under 65. Cantlay birdied his last two holes for a bogey-free 66 to keep one shot ahead.
At 13-under, Cantlay was two clear of Rahm, who holed out from the fairway for birdie at the first on the way to a five-under-par 65 that put him at 11-under.
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Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner and three-time US Open runner-up from Belarus, told fans after her victory Wednesday she was glad they were all vaccinated for the deadly virus, a requirement mandated by New York City officials.
Men's golf began on Thursday at the Olympics, and the No 1 player in the world was nearly 6,000 miles away watching from home. Jon Rahm still can't believe he's not playing.
Rahm, who stormed to victory at the US Open in June, returned a positive sample after undergoing mandatory testing following his recent participation in the British Open.
At just 24, Morikawa claimed his second major thanks to a bogey-free round of 66 to finish on 15 under par.
Oosthuizen, a runner-up in the last two majors, was at 12-under 198 and on course to be the first wire-to-wire winner at golf's oldest championship since Rory McIlroy in 2014.
Spieth was a shot off the lead held by Oosthuizen, who saved par from a fairway bunker on No 18 for a 6-under 64.
Players have to operate in bubbles limited to four people with their team and cannot go to bars, restaurants or supermarkets during the week of the event.
One shot behind and running out of holes, Rahm made a sweeping, left-to-right birdie putt from 25 feet on the 17th hole to tie for the lead, and closed with another bending 18-foot birdie putt that gave him a one-shot victory over hard-luck Louis Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, fired a one-under par 70 to stand on five-under 208 after 54 holes at Torrey Pines with Hughes, who fired a 68, and Henley, who saved par from a bunker at 18 to shoot 71.
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Bland had a 4-under 67 and walked off Torrey Pines with his name atop the leaderboard in only his fourth major. His first one was 23 years ago.
Rahm and second-ranked Justin Thomas could overtake Dustin Johnson for world number one with a victory if Johnson finishes worse than 18th.
The 26-year-old Spaniard remains an oddsmakers favorite this week at Torrey Pines as he chases his first major victory two weeks after being forced to withdraw from the Memorial with a six-stroke lead through 54 holes.
Cantlay won the fourth title of his PGA Tour career, and second this season. He also won the ZoZo Championship in California last October.
Rahm had tested negative for four consecutive days only to return a positive test from a sample collected Saturday morning, after he made an ace at the par-3 16th in concluding his darkness-halted second round with a two-shot lead.
Phil Mickelson closed with a 1-over 73 to win by two over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen for his sixth major.