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Tony Finau comes up just short again, but gets another top-5 finish at a golf major championship

Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
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Tony Finau did it again Sunday, finishing in the top-10 at the PGA Championship in a tie for fourth place, three strokes behind winner Collin Morikawa at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

It wasn’t what the Salt Lake native was hoping for, but he had little to complain about as he shot his best round of the week, a 4-under-par 66 to finish at 10-under par 270.

He just couldn’t keep up with the 23-year-old Morikawa, whose 64 gave him the victory at 13-under-par 267.

It marked Finau’s seventh top-10 at a major over the past five years and 31st since he won the Puerto Rico Open in 2016.

Finau has now finished in the top five in all four of golf’s majors. He was fifth at the U.S. Open in 2018 and tied for fifth at last year’s Masters and was third at last year’s Open Championship in Northern Ireland.

Before Sunday, his best finish at PGA was a tie for 10th in 2015, Since then, he missed the cut and finished well back in a tie for 44th, 42nd and 64th last year.

It also marked Finau’s 31st top 10 finish since his only PGA Tour victory in 2016 at the Puerto Rico Open, more than any other player on the PGA Tour.

At one point late in the final round, Finau was in a seven-way tie for the lead, after he rolled in consecutive birdie putts at 13 and 14 from 20 feet. However, he couldn’t make any more birdies the rest of the day as Morikawa, chipped in for birdie at 14 and made eagle at 16.

Morikawa competed in Salt Lake four years ago when the Pac-12 Championships were played at the S.L. Country Club, where he finished in a tie for 15th.