Finau ties record with 10 birdies

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Tony Finau tried not to look at the open­ing two rounds of the PGA Cham- pi­o­nship as a Ry­der Cup au­di­tion as he played along­side U.S. cap­tain Jim Furyk.

He sure didn’t dam­age his chances.

Not by match­ing a PGA Cham­pi­onship record with 10 birdies in the sec­ond round. Not by bounc­ing back from a 74 to make the cut on the num­ber.

“He was just shak­ing his head,” Finau said af­ter fin­ish­ing the rain-de­layed round Satur­day morn­ing with a 4-un­der 66, a round that fea­tured just four pars. “For sure, it was the cra­zi­est round I think he’s ever seen. So the good news is 10 birdies in a ma­jor is pretty good.”

Finau be­gan this wild ride Fri­day af­ter­noon with five straight birdies, four of them from be­tween 20 and 25 feet, the short­est one at 12 feet. And then his round was de­railed – but only tem­po­rar­ily – when he came up a foot short of the green on the par-3 sixth hole, went into the wa­ter and made triple bo­gey.

That’s what im­pressed Furyk the most – not so much the five birdies, but Finau’s re­sponse to the triple bo­gey.

He birdied the next two holes.

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