After a second-round 66 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Tony Finau was asked about the most important shot of his day at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
He paused and finally responded that it was a par-saving putt on the day’s final hole, which kept him near the top of the leaderboard.
Finau won’t need to think it through in Saturday’s post-round interview — he posted the early shot that was tops for the entire field, burying a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. The pin placement was tight to the front left, but that didn’t faze Finau, who hasn’t won since the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.
After making par on each of the first three holes, Finau’s ace got him within three shots of leader Emiliano Grillo. He finished the front nine at 31 and had pulled within a single stroke of Grillo by the 10th hole.
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In four previous starts at El Camaleon, Finau has two top 20s, including a seventh-place finish in 2015.
“I just enjoy playing out here. It’s a wonderful place, I enjoy Mayakoba, the people are great,” he said after Friday’s round. “Even when it rains here the climate is still warm, so I like that. Most of the time I’m coming from Utah where it’s snowing and really, really cold, so I don’t mind playing when it’s raining here because the rain is warm.”
But Finau’s round turned south after he made the turn at 31. He failed to make a birdie on the back nine, and three bogeys brought him up to a 69 for the day. He’s still in the hunt at 11 under, but he’ll need a big Sunday to find the winner’s circle.
“A lot of guys scored today. Hopefully, I’m one of those guys tomorrow that takes it low. It’s going to take probably a low- to mid-60s round for me tomorrow. Balls to the wall, try to make birdies, be one of those guys that are going low tomorrow,” Finau said. “I think you’ve got to get to 20 under. With enough guys around 11, 12, 13, 14 all the way up to 16 under.
“Twenty under seems to be a good goal — probably what I’m going to be shooting for tomorrow.”
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