Finau surges to 3M Open win | The Categorical Tribune


Tony Finau charged late to card a four-under par 67 on Sunday to win his third US PGA Tour title on the 3M Open as fellow American Scott Piercy stumbled down the stretch.

Finau, ranked 17th on this planet, grabbed three of his six birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th to drag away for a three-shot win over South Korean Im Sung-jae, who carded a bogey-free 68, and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, who posted an excellent par 71.

Chasing Piercy for many of the day after beginning 5 adrift, Finau had lastly seized the lead when he obtained an awesome break on the par-three 17th, the place his tee shot obtained held up within the tough and stayed simply inside the road marking the water hazard.

He gave the ball somewhat kiss after saving par, and despite the fact that he was much less fortunate on the par-five 18th – the place his tee shot did discover the water – a closing bogey was finally irrelevant as his 17-under par whole of 267 gave him the win with strokes to spare at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

Finau, whose 10 profession runner-up finishes embody two this season on the Canadian Open and Mexico Open, mentioned it took “actually all the pieces I had” to win.

“I used to be taking part in nice and actually each time I seemed up it appeared like I used to be 4 or 5 pictures again actually all day,” he mentioned.

He was chasing Piercy, the 43-year-old in search of a fifth PGA Tour title, who began the day with a four-shot lead and was up by as many as 5 after rolling in birdies of 10 and 30 ft on the second and sixth holes.

The primary indicators of hassle for Piercy confirmed with bogeys on the eighth, ninth and 11th.

However the actual catastrophe got here late, when he dropped 5 pictures in three holes with a bogey, triple-bogey and bogey on the 13th 14th and 15th.

At 14, Piercy wanted two pictures to get out of a fairway bunker and when he did, he discovered the water.

Piercy’s five-over 76 left him tied for fourth on 271 alongside fellow People James Hahn, who carded a 65, and Tom Hoge, who signed for a 70.

Finau notched his first victory since successful final 12 months’s Northern Belief, the primary occasion of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

“I actually obtained issues going in the course of our again 9,” mentioned Finau, who drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the 11th. He holed an eight-foot birdie putt at 14, curled in a 32-footer on the 15th and rapped in a nine-footer at 16.

“As soon as I obtained management of the golf match it was a complete completely different mindset, making an attempt to seal the deal.

“Couple of squirrely swings coming in, however I known as ‘financial institution’ on 17 and it labored out.”

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