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Tony Finau, Daniel Summerhays bring experience into PGA Championship


PROVO — Unlike Tony Finau, Daniel Summerhays really needs a solid performance at the PGA Championship that begins Thursday at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Finau and Summerhays both have the length and accuracy to challenge the tough layout in the year's last major.

Summerhays could use a repeat of his performance a year ago at the PGA, where he challenged Jimmy Walker for the win. He also needs a solid performance at the PGA Tour's last event, the Wyndham Championship the following week, to retain his card and avoid dropping back to the circuit.

Both join Provo's Chris Moody at this week's PGA Championship.

Finau has guaranteed his status next season with a lofty No. 24 ranking in the FedEx Cup standings with T3, T4 and fifth-place finishes at the Valero Texas Open, Farmer's Insurance Open and Valspar Championship this season.

Summerhays, who has been in contention on Sunday in at least three PGA Tour events this summer, finished third in last year's PGA Championship. But with a 124 ranking in the FedEx standings this year, he risks missing the playoffs and losing his tour privileges if he drops below 125th.

Summerhays has registered a T10 at the Memorial, T12 at the John Deere Classic, and T16 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.