first_imgLast year, Tony Finau played in the Ryder Cup and was one of the standouts for the losing United States team, winning two of his three matches.The Utah native is back, as one of the top 12 golfers for the U.S., and he will compete in the biennial Presidents Cup matches this week at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.Finau was one of captain Tiger Woods’ “captain’s picks” along with Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland and Woods himself. Rickie Fowler was also picked later to replace the injured Brooks Koepka.In announcing Finau as a captain’s pick last month, Woods described Finau as “overall, just a genuinely nice guy who everyone wants to play with.”He also predicted that at the event Finau will “light up the team room but will back it up on the course with consistent play.”Finau said making the Presidents Cup team was a goal of his at the start of the year and he’s excited to have the opportunity to play for one of his idols in Woods. Last year, Finau was also a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup team, which competed in France against the Europeans. The U.S. was favored to retain the Cup it had won two years earlier, but were beaten handily 17.5 to 10.5.Finau tied for the second-best record on the American side behind Justin Thomas with his 2-1 mark. He won his opening Four-ball match with Koepka, but the pair lost the second day. Then Finau defeated England’s Tommy Fleetwood 6 & 4 in his singles match. Deseret News Finau is currently ranked No. 16 in the world. This fall his best finish on the PGA Tour this fall is a tie for ninth at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in October. The four-day competition begins Thursday in Australia with five Four-ball (best-ball) matches. Friday’s play will feature five Foursome (alternating shot) matches, with four Four-ball matches Saturday morning and four Foursome matches Saturday afternoon. Then on Sunday all 12 players on each team will compete in singles matches. A total of 30 points will be possible. TV coverage on the Golf Channel will begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. MT.The automatic qualifiers on the U.S. team include Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.Players on the International side include Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer, C.T. Pan, Joaquín Niemann, Sungjae Im, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Haotong Li, Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin and Byeong Hun An.The Presidents Cup began in 1994 as a competition between the best golfers in the United States against the top players from around the world, outside of Europe, whose top golfers compete in the Ryder Cup. The United States has dominated the competition, winning 10 times and losing once, in 1998 with the only tie coming in 2003.Earlier in the week, two-time defending Utah State Amateur champion Preston Summerhays, won two of his three matches in the Junior Presidents Cup at the same venue as the U.S. took a 13-11 victory over the International team.center_img Professional golfer, Tony Finau has a laugh with teammate Grace Summerhays as he and Daniel Summerhays play a scramble Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Nibley Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City. Daniel played with his son Jack and Tony played with Grace Summerhays, daughter of Boyd Summerhays.last_img

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