“I write down goals before every season and I was able to peek at them overnight, and one of them was to be a multiple (tournament) winner this season,” Finau said. “Another was to win the FedEx Cup, and I put myself in position to do that.
Finau outlasted playing partner Taylor Pendrith, who finished tied for second with a 21-under 267. The Canadian rookie held the lead or was tied for it after each of the first three days but fired a par round Sunday.
From there, he sent a pitch down the hill tracking, the “oohs” in the pro-Finau gallery growing to a crescendo, until it rolled over the left side of the cup and settled 11 inches from the hole. He followed with a tap-in birdie.
After the pair matched tap-in pars on No. 8, Finau teed off first on the difficult par-3 No. 9 and, for the first time, gave Pendrith an opening. He hooked a seven-iron left of the green into the rough; Pendrith responded by landing his tee shot to 14 feet.