Tony Finau played consistently Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Championship, but didn’t have enough birdies to chase the leaders as he finished with an even-par 70, which left him in a tie for 17th place at Bethpage Black Course at Long Island, N.Y.
In fact, the Salt Lake native didn’t have a single birdie, although he did make an eagle at the par-5 No. 4 hole when he rolled in a 25-foot putt. However, he bogeyed the next hole when he hit in a bunker on his second shot. Then after 11 straight pars, he made bogey at the par-3 17th hole when he 3-putted, missing a 4-foot putt for par before parring the final hole. In all he had 15 pars on the day.
His 70 left him seven shots behind first-round leader Brooks Koepka. Finau will get to play in the morning wave on Friday when he tees off at 7:18 a.m. ET.
While obviously trying to win his first major, Finau would love to add another top-10 finish to his recent results in major golf tournaments. He tied for fifth in the recent Masters, tied for ninth at last year’s British Open, was fifth in last year’s U.S. Open and tied for 10th at last year’s Masters.1 comment on this story
The other golfer with Utah ties, Glenwild GC assistant Craig Hocknull, played in the final group of the day and finished with a 12-over-par 82, which put him third from the bottom in the 156-player field.
Hocknull, a former Web.com player who barely missed the cut at last year's PGA, started on 10 and made bogeys at 10, 12 and 15 and also bogeyed holes 2 and 5 and doubled No. 4. However, he had a disastrous quintuple bogey 9 at the par-4 6th hole when he hit into a couple of different bunkers and found trouble in the native grass.