Lehi golfer Tony Finau continues to improve on the Webcom Tour, the developmental arm of the PGA Tour. It seems like every time he goes out on the course, his scores get a little better and so does his short game.
On Sunday, July 13 Finau was on fire to start his final round--but struggled down the back nine as he has done in earlier rounds. He finished with a 3-under 68 score on Sunday to finish fifth overall at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank.
Finau was absolutely scorching on his first six holes Sunday, hitting for birdie on four of them. The 7th hole was a bugaboo for the cousin of Jabari Parker, however, negating what would have been a near-perfect front nine at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah.
Finau hit for par on his last two holes over the front nine, making way for the back nine. Holes 10 through 13 were solid and Finau was in a threatening position going into the 14th hole, tied for second place, when disaster struck.
On a par-four 14th hole that Finau had seemingly mastered throughout the tournament, his third shot fell into the rough and it took two shots to get out of that danger. By the time he finished this perilous hole, he had tacked on six shots to his score, resulting in a double-bogey.
Finau then played his way back into the top five with a birdie on the 16th and hit for par to close out his only hometown PGA Tour-affiliated event on the Webcom Tour. For Finau, he earned about $25,000 at the Utah Championship--moving him up to 18th overall on the money list.
“Overall it was a good week and I was glad I could play in front of all these fans,” Finau said in an interview with the Deseret News Sunday.
Finau was the top Utah player at this tournament and continues to move up the money list--a good thing since the top 25 finishers on the Webcom Tour qualify for a PGA Tour card next year. But it was Andres Gonzales of Washington who led the Utah Championship from start to finish to win the tournament’s $112,500 grand prize and a nice trophy.
Ogden golfer Zac Blair looked as if he might threaten going into the final round--but he faded down the stretch, shooting a 1-under 70 on Sunday to finish in 11th place, which netted him over $13,000 for the weekend.