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How Utah’s Tony Finau finished at The Open Championship, golf’s final major of 2021

West High graduate and part-time Lehi resident posts another strong finish at the British Open, continues to make strong push for Ryder Cup captain’s pick consideration

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Tony Finau watches his shot during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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A strong closing round wasn’t enough to propel Utah’s Tony Finau into the top 10 at The Open Championship on Sunday at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England.

Still, the West High graduate furthered his reputation for playing well in major golf championships, and playing well at the British Open.

Finau, 31, shot a 3-under-par 67 in his fourth round and zoomed 18 places up the leaderboard and into a tie for 15th at 5-under. Collin Morikawa of the United States shot 13-under to win his second major after having won a PGA Championship in 2020.

It was Finau’s third-best finish at The Open after he was third in 2019 at Royal Portrush and tied for ninth in 2018 at Carnoustie.

Finau, who was featured Saturday in a New York Times article for his stellar play in majors after shooting a 4-under-par 66 on Friday, will play in the 3M Open this week in Minnesota.

On Sunday, he got off to a fantastic start with birdies on holes 2, 4, 7 and 8. He made the turn at 33, however, due to bogeys on holes 5 and 9.

His only bogey on the back nine came at No. 16, the par 3. 

He hit 9 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens. 

Finau has finished in the top 10 in majors 10 times but will now have to wait until next year’s Masters to improve on that impressive record. 

“I love links golf. I wish I got to play it more often. It takes so much creativity,” he said in the Times article.

Finau is at No. 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings and now hopes that his play in the majors in 2021 — having made the cut in three of four — was good enough to get him on the Ryder Cup team as a captain’s pick.