SALT LAKE CITY — Since he started playing in golf’s major tournaments on a regular basis, Utah’s Tony Finau has done very well, finishing in the top 10 in four of the last five of golf’s majors.
The Salt Lake City native, who lives in Lehi with his wife and four children, tied for fifth at the recent Masters after tying for 10th a year ago at Augusta. Since then, he finished fifth at the U.S. Open and tied for ninth at the British Open.
The one major where he did not finish in the top 10 in the past year is the PGA Championship, which he’ll be trying to do this week when he tees it up at Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, New York, as the PGA moves to May for the first time in 70 years.
Finau will be in the afternoon wave Thursday, teeing off at 12:43 p.m. local time with Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter. Then on Friday the same group tees off at 7:18 a.m. EDT.
At last year’s PGA Championship, Finau finished in a tie for 42nd place at 3-under-par 277, coming back from a poor first-round 74 with three rounds in the 60s. The two years before that, he finished in a tie for 44th in 2017 and missed the cut in 2016. His best PGA finish was in 2015 at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin when he finished in a tie for 10th place.
As well as he played at the Masters last month when he played in the final threesome with eventual winner Tiger Woods, Finau hasn’t fared well since, missing the cut in a team event in New Orleans with partner Kyle Stanley and tying for 60th place at the Wells Fargo Championship before taking the last week off.
The only other golfer with Utah ties playing at the PGA this week is Craig Hocknull, a teaching pro at Glenwild Golf Club. For the second straight year, Hocknull qualified at the PGA Club Pro Championships as one of 20 club pros to advance.
Last year, Hocknull, a former Web.com player, had rounds of 72 and 73 in St. Louis and missed the cut by five shots. Hocknull tees off in the final group of the first round at 2:22 p.m. local time off the No. 10 tee with Jhonattan Vegas and Mikko Korhonen.