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Still another top-10 finish for Utah’s Tony Finau as he ties for 8th place at U.S. Open

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Tony Finau lines up a putt on the second green during the third round of the US Open Golf Championship, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


SALT LAKE CITY — Tony Finau had no chance to win Sunday at the U.S. Open, but was hoping for another top-10 finish in a major championship.

He got it, finishing in a solid tie for eighth place after his final-round 71 left him at 6-over-par 286 for the week at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

Finau played his most consistent round of the week with 13 pars on the day to go with three bogeys and two birdies. His earlier scores were 69, 73 and 73.

After back-to-back bogeys at holes 5 and 6, he closed his front nine with a birdie at No. 9. On the back nine, he made a birdie at the par-5 12th and made his only bogey at No. 13.

“Overall, I played pretty solid all week,” Finau said. “You don’t have to be very far off on this golf course, as everybody knows when they set up a U.S. Open, but especially here at Winged Foot, and I wasn’t. I hit so many great putts the last couple days that I thought I made that didn’t go in, and sometimes that’s the rub of the greens. But a lot of positives to take from this week.”

Going into this week’s U.S. Open, Finau had played in 16 majors and finished in the top 10 seven times, including a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship last month. His best U.S. Open finish was fifth place in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills in New York. He has now finished in the top 10 twice in each of the four major championships.

Finau is beginning his seventh season on the PGA Tour and says he has high hopes.

“I have high hopes for this upcoming season,” he said. “I have been playing some solid, consistent golf. I think I’ve learned a lot about myself through my first six seasons on Tour. My favorite number is seven. I’m just starting my seventh season on Tour. This is my first event. Maybe that’s going to bring me some fortune during the season.”