Tony Finau edges Cameron Smith in New Jersey play-off

American wins second PGA Tour title as Shane Lowry fails to mount a late charge

Tony Finau won his second PGA Tour title in a play-off, edging Cameron Smith. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Tony Finau won his second PGA Tour title in a play-off, edging Cameron Smith. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

 

Tony Finau took his second PGA Tour title with a play-off win over Cameron Smith at The Northern Trust.

The final round of the tournament in New Jersey was pushed into Monday after Hurricane Henri headed towards the north-eastern US coast and the result was delayed as Finau and Smith both finished on 20-under.

Australian Smith twice made back-to-back birdies on the back nine to recover after a double bogey on the fifth to card a four-under 67, while Finau went birdie-eagle-birdie on holes 12-14 to help himself to a six-under 65 to grab a share of the lead after 72 holes.

Smith’s tee shot on the first playoff hole — the 18th — landed out of bounds, and Finau carded a par four to take the title.

Overnight leader Jon Rahm shot a 69 to finish third, while Alex Noren, Tom Hoge and Justin Thomas were tied for fourth on 15 under.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry was tied for 11th after his one-over round of 72 moved him to 12-under for the tournament, Lee Westwood was tied for 27th on nine under, a shot ahead of Ian Poulter and two ahead of Rory McIlroy.

For Séamus Power, it was more of a nervy affair. With only the leading 70 players on the standings progressing to the no cut BMW, Power had started the tournament in 73rd place and spent much of the final round outside the bubble only for the recent Barbasol Championship winner to rally late on: having turned in level par, after starting on the 10th, Power reeled off birdies on the second (from eight feet and the Par 5 sixth and eighth holes to move up to 69th and within the special number as he played his finishing hole, the tough Par 4 ninth.

But, there, Power missed the green with his approach and then chipped to 10 feet, requiring the par putt to stay inside the top-70 and plan his onward journey to Caves Valley in Baltimore.

Unfortunately for Power, he missed the putt and that bogey - for a closing 69 for 276 - had the effect of dropping him outside. At the time of signing his card, he was in 71st and his playoff dreams were ended.

Collated final scores and totals in the USPGA Tour The Northern Trust, Liberty National Golf Club (USA unless stated, Par 71):

264 Tony Finau 67 64 68 65 (Won on first Playoff hole) , Cameron Smith (Aus) 69 68 60 67

266 Jon Rahm (Spa) 63 67 67 69

269 Tom Hoge 69 64 67 69, Alexander Noren (Swe) 69 64 70 66, Justin Thomas 63 69 67 70

270 Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) 69 67 62 72

271 Corey Conners (Can) 70 69 62 70, Keith Mitchell 68 64 70 69, Kevin Na 67 66 70 68

272 Keegan Bradley 69 67 67 69, Patrick Cantlay 68 67 69 68, Shane Lowry (Irl) 71 67 62 72, Hudson Swafford 71 65 66 70, Harold Varner III 66 67 68 71

273 Harry Higgs 69 70 66 68, SungJae Im (Kor) 71 65 67 70, Pat Perez 71 66 66 70, Xander Schauffele 70 62 70 71, Robert Streb 67 68 69 69

274 Sam Burns 71 67 64 72, Stewart Cink 71 68 66 69, Charley Hoffman 73 65 65 71, Sebastian Munoz (Col) 68 69 68 69, Cameron Tringale 67 68 67 72, Aaron Wise 69 67 68 70

275 Cameron Champ 68 70 67 70, Mackenzie Hughes (Can) 67 69 69 70, Maverick McNealy 69 70 69 67, Lee Westwood (Eng) 70 65 68 72

276 Joel Dahmen 70 68 67 71, Cameron Davis (Aus) 69 70 68 69, Bryson DeChambeau 71 65 72 68, Harris English 69 68 70 69, Doug Ghim 71 70 63 72, Talor Gooch 73 67 66 70, Billy Horschel 71 70 66 69, Brooks Koepka 70 64 68 74, Ian Poulter (Eng) 72 66 71 67, Seamus Power (Irl) 70 67 70 69, Chez Reavie 71 66 71 68, Adam Schenk 73 64 69 70

277 Viktor Hovland (Nor) 68 67 65 77, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 69 68 70 70, Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 71 70 66 70, Scottie Scheffler 70 68 69 70

278 Max Homa 74 66 70 68, Zach Johnson 70 66 70 72, Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Kor) 71 68 69 70, Marc Leishman (Aus) 69 70 69 70, Peter Malnati 70 69 70 69, Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 71 70 65 72, Carlos Ortiz (Mex) 69 70 68 71, Webb Simpson 72 66 72 68, Brandt Snedeker 72 68 68 70

279 Daniel Berger 71 70 67 71, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 70 71 71 67, Russell Henley 69 71 71 68, Kramer Hickok 72 68 68 71, Chris Kirk 72 68 68 71, Patton Kizzire 70 67 69 73, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 69 69 71 70, Andrew Putnam 69 70 72 68

280 Abraham Ancer (Mex) 72 69 67 72, Paul Casey (Eng) 70 71 66 73, Lanto Griffin 69 68 73 70, Garrick Higgo (Rsa) 69 68 70 73, Scott Piercy 71 70 73 66, Kevin Streelman 69 70 71 70

283 Luke List 71 70 70 72

284 James Hahn 71 70 71 72, Denny McCarthy 73 68 72 71

285 Jordan Spieth 72 62 72 79

286 Gary Woodland 71 70 68 77

287 Brian Harman 72 66 76 73

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