Tony Finau made a late charge to record a four-under 67 on Sunday to win his third US PGA Tour Championship at the 3M Open as fellow American and runner-up Scott Pearcy stumbled.
The 17th-ranked Finn birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th to beat South Korea’s Im Sung-jae with a bogey-free 68 and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo by three shots. Even number 71 posted.
After chasing Pearcy for most of the day after a five-over start, Finau finally took the lead when he got a good break on the par-three 17th and his tee shot went wild and stayed in the water line. danger.
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He kissed the ball a bit after putting for par, and although he was unlucky on the par-five 18th — where his tee shot hit the water — a closing bogey ultimately made his 17-under total irrelevant. 267 from Blaine, Minnesota gave him a stroke victory at the TPC Twin Cities.
Finishing twice this season at the Canadian Open and Mexico Open, Finau said it took “everything I had” to win, picking up the $1,350,000 (A1.95m) winner’s cheque.
“I was playing really well and every time I looked up I think I shot four or five all day,” he said.
He was chasing the 43-year-old Pearcy, who started the day with a four-shot lead and was seeking his fifth PGA Tour title after birdies of 10 and 30 feet at the second and sixth. Holes.
The first signs of trouble for Piercy came with bogeys on the eighth, ninth and 11th.
But the real danger came late, when he dropped five shots in three holes with a bogey, triple-bogey and bogey at the 13th, 14th and 15th.
At the age of 14, Piercy needed two shots to get off the quiet street, and when he did, he found the water.
Piercy’s five-over 76 left him tied for fourth on 271, ahead of American James Hahn, who carded a 65 and Tom Hoge carded a 70.
Finau recorded his first win since last year’s Northern Trust win, the first event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.
“Things are going our way on the back nine,” said Finau, who drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the 11th. He made an eight-foot birdie on the 14th, bogeyed the 15th to 32 feet and hit a nine-footer on the 16th.
“Once I took control of the golf tournament, I tried to close the deal with a different mindset.
“A couple squirrelly swings in, but I called ‘bank’ on 17 and it worked.”bb/js