Finau’s 72nd Hole D. Bogey Cost Him $217K

Accompanying major championship golf is major championship pressure and major championship purses. When the pressure and the purses come together — especially late on a Sunday afternoon — there can be some monumental swings in earnings as Tony Finau found out in brutal fashion at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

 

Entering the final round in a share of the lead, Finau got off to a slow start bogeying three of his first four holes. He was able to claw his way back to even par for the day after a birdie at the par-3 11th, putting him squarely in the mix coming down the stretch.

After swapping a bogey and a birdie over the next three holes, Finau was unable to make any hay on 15, 16 or 17 leaving him an unlikely shot at a playoff needing to hole a 224-yard shot from the right rough on the 72nd hole to tie the 1-over par score Brooks Koepka had posted. Instead, Finau yanked his second shot left, hit his next one into a bunker 40 yards short of the green and missed his nine-foot bogey putt.

 

The double bogey dropped him from 3-over par and a potential tie for third with Dustin Johnson to solo fifth place at 5-over par, which cost Finau a whopping $217,746. Had he made par at the last and split the third and fourth place earnings with DJ, he would have taken home just over $690,000. 

It wasn’t all bad news for Finau, however. He still notched his first top-5 in a major championship and made $474,659 for his efforts. 

“Reflecting on the week, it’s a cool thing. It’s a goal of mine to be on the (Ryder Cup) team,” Finau said. “I haven’t won this year — that’s something I want to do — but hopefully, just proving to the captains, whether I play myself onto the team or not, that I step up on the big stage and I can compete.”

Brooks Koepka made $2.16 million for winning, Tommy Fleetwood cashed $1.296 million for second, Johnson made $812,927 for solo third and Patrick Reed made $569,884 for finishing fourth.

 

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