Northern Trust win after overtime
2nd win on tour in 5 years and 5 months
|Tony Finau smiles brightly with the Northern Trust trophy [EPA]|
[헤럴드경제=조범자 기자] ‘1975, 143 competitions, 39 top 10, 11 top 3, and a whopping 8 runners-up.’
This is the journey that Tony Pinau (USA) had to endure to rise to the top again after 5 years and 5 months since his first victory on the PGA Tour in 2016.
Pinau finally lifted the long-awaited trophy on the first stage of ‘War of Money’ and removed the tired ‘runner-up regular’ tag.
Finau put one eagle, five birdies and one bogey in the final 4th round of the Northern Trust in Game 1 of the PGA Tour playoffs held at the Liberty National Golf Club (par 71) in Jersey City, New York, USA on the 24th (Korean time). , and recorded a final total of 20 under par 264, tied for lead with Cameron Smith (Australia).
Pinau overtook Smith in overtime on the 18th hole (par 4) and won the championship for the first time in five years and five months after winning his first win at the Puerto Rico Open in March 2016.
The time it took for Pinau to win his second victory was 1975 days, and he had to play 143 competitions. During that time, he recorded 11 top 3 finishes and 8 runners-up. Pinau, who failed to break the jinx of the final runner-up every year as he was frustrated at the threshold of winning every time, was thrilled by winning the playoffs with a huge prize money, and he blew away his sadness. The prize money for the championship is 1.71 million dollars (about 2 billion won). Pinau also rose from 23rd in the FedEx Cup rankings to No.1 at once.
Finau started tied for 4th in the final round, which was delayed by one day due to Hurricane ‘Henry’. Pinau, who only cut one stroke in the first half, succeeded in a fierce counterattack in the second half.
Pinau, who caught a birdie on the 12th hole (par 4), put a second shot on the 1m pin on the 13th hole (par 5), caught an eagle, and started chasing the lead. Pinau, who succeeded in putting a 9m birdie on the 14th hole (par 3), also reduced one stroke on the 16th hole (par 4) and jumped to the lead alone.
Pinau, who could no longer reduce the number of strokes, allowed Smith, who also showed a fierce concentration in the second half, to take the lead, and went into overtime. The overtime ended relatively briskly. While Finau landed his tee shot on the fairway, Smith sent his tee shot into the out-of-bounds (OB) area and leaned early to Finau’s victory.
John Lam (Spain), who seemed to be on the brink of victory by leading the solo team until the middle of the fourth round, was pushed down to third place (18 under par 266) by writing bogeys on the 15th and 18th holes (par 4) one after another.
Im Seong-jae reduced one stroke and finished tied for 16th with an 11-under 273 stroke, and Lee Kyung-hoon tied for 47th.