Epic eagle putt gives Utah’s Tony Finau masterful consolation

Erratic driving and a bit of bad luck cost Finau, who finished the tournament tied for 35th

(Robert F. Bukaty | AP) Tony Finau teeed off 11 in the second round of the Masters golf tournament on Friday, April 8, 2022 in Augusta, Ga. Finau finished the tournament tied for 35th place.

Tony Finau entered the 86th Masters hoping that many more than just one of his shots would be shown on Sunday’s CBS telecast of the final round.

This single shot was spectacular, however. The West High School graduate’s 59-foot curling putt on No. 13 gave him another pair of crystal cups for his trophy at Lehi and a memorable moment during an otherwise disappointing week at Augusta National Golf Club .

And it’s a good thing CBS didn’t show its second partially dented shot on No. 11, leading to a double bogey. It was the weak point of an adventurous round of 74 that included five bogeys and three birdies.

Finau (71-75-74-74) finished 6 over par, tied for 35th. His worst showing in five Masters appearances remains a tie for 38th in 2020; his best performance of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season is still tied for 29th at the recent Valero Texas Open.

He is expected to move up slightly to 139th in the FedEx Cup standings, not quite the big jump he hoped the first major tournament of the season would give him.

Erratic driving and a bit of bad luck with a few approach shots cost Finau those five bogeys on Sunday. Still, despite all of his putting issues this season, he’s had a few good shots. Finau hit a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-3 #9, then held up a 78-foot tap-in range for another birdie on the par-5 #8 before draining the 59-footer on the No. 9. 13. He putt twice for another birdie from the back fringe on the par-5 No. 15, after fashioning a second shot 229 yards around the trees on the left side of the fairway.

Finau missed birdie chances from 14ft on the No. 16 and 8ft on the No. 18, while bogging the No. 17 after he entered the trees on the right.

Finau skips this week’s RBC Heritage in South Carolina. The next major tournament is the PGA Championship, May 19-22 at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla.

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