‘I just got lucky’: Tony Finau takes advantage of bizarre grandstand ricochet

‘I just got lucky’: Tony Finau takes advantage of bizarre grandstand ricochet

Published July 26, 2022
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“Seemed like Scott wasn’t letting up all tournament, so to all of a sudden have the lead, I will say I got quite nervous on 17 just because it was a whole different feel on how the week was going,” Finau said. “I never was near the lead. I was near the top of the leaderboard, but I was never within four or five shots. All of a sudden I was the one leading the golf tournament.”

Now leading, on the par-3 17th Finau hit a 6-iron and said he double-crossed it. The ball bounced off the back grandstand and looked like it was bound for disaster, but it somehow stayed dry and rolled along the edge of the green until it stopped pin high in the rough. It was just inches from going in the water, which would have made the final 30 minutes much more interesting.

“I think it’s going to go down as one of the luckiest shots, however you want to look at it,” Finau said, “but at the end of the day, again, sometimes you need the bounces and I got that one today.”