Finau ties record with 10 birdies
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.