WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — American golfer Patrick Cantlay made 9 birdies and rallied to win the Zozo Championship held at Sherwood, California on Sunday.

Heading into the final round with a three-stroke deficit, Cantlay was on fire on Sunday and had nine birdies to win the title with a 7-under 65, tying the most he’s ever made in a PGA Tour round.

His total of 265 was one stroke ahead of Spain’s Jon Rahm and American compatriot Justin Thomas, who tied for second on 266.

Australia’s Cameron Smith and three other Americans Russell Henley, Bubba Watson and Ryan Palmer were on third place with 269, four shots back.

“Make as many birdies as I can, and it was just one of those swings where you make the swing exactly how you picture it in your head,” Cantlay said.

Cantlay, who improved to No.9 in the world ranking, said he plans to skip the next two tournaments, the Bermuda Championship and Houston Open, ahead of the year’s last major event, the Augusta Masters.