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Preston Summerhays off to solid start at US Open with 72, while Tony Finau shoots a 69

Two-time Utah Amateur champ aiming to finish as low amateur

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Utah’s Preston Summerhays, 18, tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in New York. Summerhays is the youngest golfer in this year’s field.

Charles Krupa, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Preston Summerhays got off to a solid start, while Tony Finau played well except for a couple of late bogeys that spoiled his day Thursday at the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

Summerhays, the 18-year-old two-time Utah State Amateur champion, played in one of the first groups of the day and fired a 2-over-par 72, which puts him in a tie for 57th place heading into Friday’s second round. The low 60 golfers and ties make the cut to play on the weekend. 

Finau played in the afternoon and after a slow start, got it to 2-under-par, only to falter with bogeys at the 14th and 17th holes. He had begun with bogeys at holes 3 and 4, then made birdies at 5, 9, 11, 12 and 16. He finished with a 69 and stands in a tie for 14th place going into the second round.

Summerhays began with a bogey at No. 10, where he started, but got back to even with a birdie at No. 11. He finished his first nine 1-over after making bogey at No. 17. He had his worst hole of the day at No. 1 where he made double bogey but played well the rest of the round with all pars except for a birdie at No. 6. His 72 was better than several top golfers including No. 1-in-the-world Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods and former U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, who all shot 73.

Summerhays’ goal for the week is to finish as the low amateur, and he had the fifth-best score among the 13 amateurs in the tournament. Davis Thompson and John Pak both shot 69 to lead the amateurs.

The 30-year-old Finau, a Salt Lake City native, is playing in his fifth U.S. Open. He finished fifth in 2018, but missed the cut at last year’s tournament at Pebble Beach, California. He also finished in a tie for 14th place at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.

In Friday’s second round, Finau will tee off at 5:56 a.m. MDT, while Summerhays goes off at 10:32 a.m. MDT.