The Washington Post

Finau makes it two victories in a row


Tony Finau has changed the conversati­on about him in less than a calendar year.

Finau ran away with the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday at Detroit Golf Club to become the first player in three years to win consecutiv­e PGA Tour events in the regular season. He closed with a 5-under-par 67 for a five-shot victory and a tournament-record 26-under 262 total.

It was his fourth career victory and third title in 11-plus months. Finau began his stretch of success last August at the Northern Trust, where he had his first victory in five years and 142 PGA Tour starts.

“I’m proud of the way I’ve fought through adversity in my career,” said Finau, a Salt Lake City native with Tongan-samoan heritage. “They say a winner is just a loser who kept trying, and that’s me.”

Finau ended a drought in Detroit, winning for the first time in six attempts when he had or shared the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event.

And, he did it easily. Taylor Pendrith (72), Patrick Cantlay (66) and rookie of the year front-runner Cameron Young (68) tied for a distant second.

“I wasn’t that close,” Young said. “Tony put on a show.”

LPGA TOUR: Ayaka Furue of Japan ran off six straight birdies in the middle of her round and rallied from a four-shot deficit with a 10-under 62 to win the Women’s Scottish Open for her first tour title.

A seven-time winner on the Japan LPGA — once as an amateur — Furue became the second rookie to win on the tour this year, and she did it in style at Dundonald Links in Irvine, Scotland.

Starting the final round four shots behind Celine Boutier of France, the 22-year-old finished the front nine with four straight birdies and added two more to start the back nine. She never let up, playing bogey-free to win by three.

LIV GOLF: Henrik Stenson’s decision that cost him the European Ryder Cup captaincy paid large and immediate dividends when he won in Bedminster, N. J., and picked up more than $4 million for three days’ work.

Staked to a three-shot lead going into the third and final round at Trump National, Stenson opened with a 20-foot birdie putt and never let anyone closer than two shots the rest of the way.

DP WORLD TOUR: American Sean Crocker held off a spirited challenge from Eddie Pepperell to claim his first tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the Hero Open in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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