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Tony Finau Makes Cut, Five Shots Back Heading Into Weekend At PGA Championship

Photo courtesy of Abigail Keenan for the Tony Finau Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Tony Finau remains in contention at the PGA Championship after his second round, 70 at the PGA Championship which is being held at TPC Harding Park in San Fransisco, California.

Front Nine

Finau’s day began with a birdie off the first hole, a hole in which he also birdied on Thursday, and quickly looked to make a push at the leader Li Haotong who shot a five-under, 65, on Friday.

He then made birdie on the par 5 fourth hole after reaching the hole in two shots and found himself three shots off the lead.

Then on the long 230-yard par 3 eighth hole, he surrendered a shot following an errant chip that left him with a 12-foot putt for par.

Finau made the turn at one-under-par, 34.

Back Nine

The back nine began in an identical fashion as the front nine with a birdie on 10, however, an uncharacteristic bogey on 13 had him fall back to one-under for the day.

Finau would go on to make four consecutive birdies before making a big mistake on 18.

His first shot found the left rough, his approach found the first cut short of the green. His third shot was played to perfection as he chipped it to three feet, however, his par putt was then pulled wide. He finished with a bogey on 18 and a sour taste in his mouth entering the weekend.

The dropped shot on 18 dropped Finau back to five shots behind the leader Li Hoatong and in a tie for 19th. His Saturday tee time is yet to be announced.

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Tom Hackett is a Utah and Real Salt Lake Insider for and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (Utah Football themed) and The Lion’s Den Podcast (Real Salt Lake themed). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett.


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