This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
There are many ways to dissect what took place over four days at The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. Our biggest takeaway is that the Masters just got a whole lot more interesting.
Play gets underway at Augusta in less than three weeks, and we won't see many of the golfers who were in the loaded ZOZO field tee it up again until then.
Patrick Cantlay claimed victory Sunday at Sherwood Country Club to reestablish himself after a 2020 unbefitting of a top-10 player. Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, even though they were seemingly paying so much attention to themselves that they didn't see Cantlay overtaking them down the stretch, showed that their games are largely in form. Rory McIlroy continued to offer evidence of emerging from his summer-long funk. And former Masters champions Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and, yes, even Jordan Spieth can take away enough from the ZOZO to feel better about their games heading into Augusta.
This week the PGA Tour heads to Bermuda with a field devoid of any big names. Then comes the Houston Open with a few more notable golfers. That's it. Then it's Masters week.
Cantlay had played 10 times since the restart and never really contended for a title. If you want to count the Shriners event, where he was the 54-hole co-leader but blew up early on Sunday, fine. But the point is, he had not been playing like he normally does. Now, he's back inside the top