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Tony Finau closes with 64 but falls short in playoff at The Genesis Invitational

Max Homa beat the Salt Lake City native on the second hole of a sudden death playoff

Tony Finau tees off on the seventh hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
Ryan Kang, Associated Press

Tony Finau must continue to wait for his second career PGA Tour win.

The Salt Lake City native lost to Max Homa on the second hole of a playoff at The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Golf Course in Pacific Palisades, California, on Sunday. Finau put himself in position for his first PGA Tour win since March 2016 at the Puerto Rico Open after shooting a 7-under on the tournament’s final day to finish with a 12-under 272.

Finau had the chance to win on the first playoff hole — on No. 10 — but his putt for birdie just missed, and both parred the hole. The pair then headed to No. 14 for the second playoff hole, and Homa hit his drive on the green to put himself in position for the win. Homa made par on the par-3 before Finau missed his putt for par, giving Homa the victory.

Heading into Sunday, Finau had 20 top five finishes with no wins since the start of the 2016-17 season, the most of any player. He won the 2016 Puerto Rico Open with a playoff win over Steve Marino, but had lost in two other playoff scenarios since then going into Sunday.

Finau’s final round put him in strong position for the win. He had four birdies on both the front and the back nine, including on holes No. 16 and 17 after a rare bogey on No. 15, to push into the lead going into the final hole. Finau parred on 18 to stay at 12-under.

Homa used a birdie on No. 17 to move into a tie about the leaderboard with Finau, and then he dropped his second shot on No. 18 just a few feet of the hole. Homa had his putt to win the tournament lip out, though, and he tapped it for par to force the playoff.