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Tony Finau Drains Ace, Sits Five Shots Back Heading Into Sunday At Mayakoba Classic

Dec 5, 2020, 4:00 PM
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Tony Finau of the United States celebrates his hole-in-one on the fourth tee during the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club on December 05, 2020 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
(Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Tony Finau’s third round began with a bang before three back-nine bogeys derailed his third round at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Finau started the day four shots behind Emiliano Grillo who led following the first two rounds. However, on Saturday, Finau managed to close the gap with a five-under-par front nine only to bogey three holes on the back and end the day two-under-par, 69.

Remarkably, Finau drained an ace on the par 3, fourth hole after backing his iron into the bottom of the cup from 116 yards.

He also made birdies on holes 5, 7, and 8 before collapsing and making bogeys on 11, 12, and 18.

The man he was chasing, Grillo, put together an impressive third round to extend his lead heading into Sunday after posting a three-under-par, 68. He leads American Tom Hoge by one shot with one round to play.

Finau dropped down the leaderboard and currently sits five shots off the pace and in a tie for seventh.

Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. for Finau who will tee it off the first tee alongside Carlos Ortiz and Joaquin Niemann who will begin Sunday one shot behind Finau.

Other Notables

Viktor Hovland is the biggest name closest to the top and sits two shots off the pace. Justin Thomas, after a nine-under-par third-round, shot up the leaderboard on Saturday and only finds himself four shots off the pace despite finishing Thursday one-over-par.

Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, and Gary Woodland all missed the cut.

Broadcast Information

The broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. on the Golf Channel. Fans of Finau will be able to follow his final few holes before his round concludes.

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