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At the 3M Open, there were celebrations and commiserations as Tony Finau claimed a third PGA Tour title in commanding fashion. However, on a final round where he was looking for a first win since 2018, overnight leader Scott Piercy struggled, as he collapsed over the back nine to finish five-over-par for the day.
Such was the collapse of Piercy that Finau saw himself go from four shots behind to four shots ahead in just 90 minutes! Although it was partly down to the American's collapse, Finau was superb over the back nine, with a closing 67 giving him a three shot win.
"It took everything I had today to win," stated Finau following his victory. "I was playing great and every time I looked up I was still four or five shots back! I got things going over the back nine.
"It's so special to have my family here with me and to celebrate this win with them. They mean everything to me. My wife has been a huge support to me, my family back home, there's been a lot of people who have gotten me to this point and I'd be selfish to not thank so many people and this one is for them."
The winning moment for @TonyFinauGolf.He gets win No. 3 @3MOpen. pic.twitter.com/iiEUK84Nt0July 24, 2022
After a third round which featured him walking barefoot, Piercy began four shots clear as he needed a good result to have a chance of keeping his PGA Tour card with only a week left of regulation play before the FedEx Cup finals.
He started well, as two birdies in six holes kept his advantage intact. Even bogeys at the eighth, ninth and 11th meant he was two shots ahead with just seven holes to go. However, disaster struck at the 14th when his tee shot found a fairway bunker.
After keeping his first attempt in the sand, his third shot found the water left of the hole. From there, he chipped up and missed the green before eventually carding a triple bogey that dropped him two shots back of Finau.
The American would capitalise, as birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th accelerated Finau into a four shot cushion as he looked to add a third PGA Tour title to his resume. It wasn't over though, especially when Finau pulled his tee shot on the 17th into a grandstand!
He got it up-and-down though, as the 32-year-old headed to the 72nd hole. Yet again, it wasn't plain sailing, as Finau stuck his tee shot in the one place you couldn't go, the huge lake on the right hand side!
Thankfully, Finau found dry land with his next two shots as his par putt just slid by the hole. Rolling it in from three-feet, the title was his, with Finau, who was the lowest ranked player in the field, now moving into the top 20 of the FedEx Cup rankings.
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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