Patrick Cantlay downplays LIV Golf rumors, focused on defending FedExCup title

Patrick Cantlay, at least for now, is focused entirely on defending his FedExCup title.

Cantlay shut down rumors that he was planning to jump from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series on Wednesday ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

“I don’t take too much stock in outside noise,” Cantlay said. “I don’t have any plans at the moment to leave after the FedExCup.”

While that doesn’t shut down a move to LIV in the future, it puts it off for another month or so at the very least.

Cantlay won four times on Tour last season — including at the Tour Championship, which gave him the FedExCup title. He is currently No. 6 in the FedExCup standings heading into this week, which has him in a great position with two regular season tournaments left.

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Though Cantlay has just one win this season, he fell in a playoff twice and has nine top-10 finishes, including at the Scottish Open and the British Open.

“Golf is very interesting in that a week or two weeks could change, change the whole trajectory of your whole year,” Cantlay said. “So never losing sight of the fact that you're only two wins in a row from being the hottest player on the planet, that's a funny thing in our game.

“I think maybe wins are maybe a little overweighted as far as how good a golf you're playing on a week-to-week basis, but that's the name of the game in our sport, it's how many wins and what tournaments did you win.”

Cantlay is the betting favorite this week in Detroit, listed as a +1000 favorite on BetMGM.

While he still has a ways to go, Cantlay would become the first player in history to win consecutive FedExCup titles.

“That would be fantastic,” Cantlay said. “Obviously that’s the goal now, now that the majors are done with for the year and that’s the biggest prize left on the schedule, and it would be great obviously to defend a title.”

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Patrick Cantlay denied that he has plans to leave for LIV Golf after the FedExCup. (Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)