Utah native Tony Finau loses in a playoff in the Phoenix Open

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West High School graduate Tony Finau had the look of a winner Sunday afternoon as he played the back nine of the TPC Scottsdale.

Webb Simpson had his own ideas about the outcome, though. Simpson birdied the last two holes of regulation and the first playoff hole to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open and deny Finau a second PGA victory.

Dressed in all-white attire from his cap to his shoes in the final round, Finau missed an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18, with an opportunity to win in regulation.

Finau recently moved his family from Lehi to Arizona, turning this event into a home game with fans chanting his name Sunday. A win also would have been a breakthrough for homegrown Utahns. Jay Don Blake’s 1991 triumph in the PGA Tour’s San Diego stop remains the most recent win for a Utah high school product in a full-value tournament. Finau won the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, played the same weekend as a World Golf Championships tournament.
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