Utah native Tony Finau has been playing better and better as the Webcom Tour has progressed. On Sunday, May 25 he wrapped up the $625,000 Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, North Carolina with a fourth place finish.
Finau, who prepped at Salt Lake City’s West High and whose cousin happens to be Duke basketball star Jabari Parker, has risen swiftly since he first played on the PGA Tour in 2008. In his first year on the Webcom Tour since earning his Q-card, Finau has done well for himself.
Finau’s fourth round score of 67 completed a great weekend that had him flirting with his first Webcom Tour win out of just nine tour stops. The Rex Hospital Open didn’t start all that well for Finau, as he followed up a first round 67 with a second round 71.
But after that second round flop, Finau got his golf game going. He birdied three holes on the front nine at the TPC Wakefield Plantation course and finished the back nine Saturday with steady play to finish his third round with a 68 score, putting him in the Top 10 going into Sunday’s final round.
On Sunday, Finau birdied on five of his first 11 holes--and eagled the 15th giving him a puncher’s chance at winning the event. But perhaps the pressure of being in the unique position of winning his first PGA Tour event was too much, because he double bogeyed the 16th par-three--a hole he hadn’t had any trouble with all weekend.
In fact, Finau birdied the 16th in round two. But that’s golf; it’s unpredictable and on this Sunday afternoon in Raleigh, aggravating to someone who was so close to winning. Finau parred the last two holes at the Rex Hospital open to finish in a fourth place tie with a final round score of 68.
That said, though he came up a bit short on Sunday it was Finau’s sixth Top 25 finish in a season in which he’s made over $45,000 on the Webcom Tour. His future looks bright--as does his basketball playing cousin’s.