August 2, 2014

Finau rolls to Stonebrae Classic title

Tony Finau fired a third-round, 7-under 63 and he took a 1-shot lead after 54 holes at the Stonebrae Classic.

Hayward, CA ( - Tony Finau carded a 4-under 66 on Sunday as he rolled to a 3-stroke victory at the Stonebrae Classic.

Finau completed his first career win on the Tour at 22-under-par 258.

"It feels great. I don't really think it has sunk in," said Finau. "Coming up that 18th green there, I got a little bit of goosebumps going just thinking about how far I've come these last couple years. I think it won't really sink in here for maybe a day or so."

Fabian Gomez (68), Zack Sucher (66) and Daniel Berger (68) shared second place at TPC Stonebrae at 19-under, while Ashley Hall (67), Blayne Barber (67) and Colt Knost (68) tied for fifth at minus-18.

Max Homa (66) and Nicholas Lindheim (70) occupied eighth at 17-under 263.

Finau entered the final round with a 1-stroke lead over three players, including Gomez, who birdied the fourth to meet the leader at 18-under.

Finau answered with a birdie at the third to move to minus-19, but his playing partner Berger converted an eagle putt at the same hole to join him atop the leaderboard.

Finau then tripped to a 3-putt bogey at the fourth to hand Berger the outright lead. Berger followed with a bogey at the fifth to also fall to 18-under.

Gomez and Finau took advantage with gains at the sixth and fifth, respectively, to move to the top of the leaderboard at minus-19.

Gomez made it two straight birdies at the seventh to claim sole possession of the lead, but later bogeyed the 10th to fall back into a tie with Finau.

They would be met at 19-under by Berger and Lindheim before Finau rolled in back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th to reclaim sole possession of the lead at minus-21.

Gomez would convert a birdie chance at the 12th to remain a shot off the pace before Finau birdied the 15th to reach 22-under and open up a 2-shot advantage.

Lindheim briefly grabbed a share of second place with a birdie at the 15th, but he bogeyed the 16th and 17th to fall well off the pace.

Gomez bogeyed the 17th to hand a 3-stroke advantage to Finau, who closed his round with three straight pars to claim the win.

"This is going to get me some starts next year on the PGA Tour," Finau said. "That's obviously where I have been aiming at since I turned professional. I'm looking forward to the next challenge."

NOTES: Finau collected $108,000 with the win, moving him to eighth on the money list ... The start of the final round was delayed over two hours due to fog ... The Tour moves to Missouri next week for the Price Cutter Charity Championship, which Andrew Svoboda won last season.

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