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Tony Finau is close again, with tie for 3rd at Minnesota 3M Open

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Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the 3M Open golf tournament in Blaine, Minn., Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)


SALT LAKE CITY — Another week, another close finish with no victory for Utah’s Tony Finau.

For the second week in a row, Finau was in contention all week, this time at the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota, but he came up just short, finishing in a nine-way tie for third place three shots behind winner Michael Thompson.

It marked the fifth top-10 finish of the season for the Salt Lake native and 36th top-10 finish since his only PGA Tour win, which came in 2016 against a limited field at the Puerto Rico Open.

Earlier in the week, Finau had fired his longtime caddie, Greg Bodine and had his swing coach, Boyd Summerhays, on his bag.

Going into Sunday’s final round, Finau was two shots off the lead, in a tie for third place. He said he needed to get off to a quick start, which he did, with birdies at holes 2 and 3, which briefly put him in the lead, but his next birdie didn’t come until the 10th hole.

He was hurt by his only bogey of the day when he hit in a bunker at the par-3 13th hole and missed his five-foot par putt. He closed out with a birdie at 18.

Finau pocketed $250,800 and earned 104 FedEx points for his T-3 finish as he moved from 32nd to 21st in the FedEx Cup standings.