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SALT LAKE CITY — Tony Finau’s run at Augusta National didn’t end with a green jacket. But the experience and the finish were worth the wait.
Finau used six-straight birdies on the back nine of his final round Sunday to card a 6-under-par 66, finishing tied for 10th with a four-day total of 281 in his first-ever Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
The 28-year-old who grew up in Rose Park fired 18 birdies in with 11 bogeys in the first major of 2018, which began a day after he injured his ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest on Wednesday.
But the pain was fleeting for Finau, who rebounded to shoot 68 in the opening round — the second-best score of the day.
“I looked forward to this week for a really long time,” Finau said after Thursday’s round. “Waiting for another opportunity to play my first Masters next year or another time was going to be hard for me to swallow.
“It was nothing short of a miracle.”
Finau also carded rounds of 74 and 73 Friday and Saturday, respectively, to remain on the edge of contention in his first of four automatically qualified majors on the 2018 PGA Tour.
Patrick Reed won his first major title Sunday, claiming the green jacket with a final-round 71 to earn a one-shot victory of Rickie Fowler. Reed finished at 15-under, two shots better than first-day leader Jordan Spieth.
Fowler broke through with a 5-under 67 a day after shooting 65 Saturday to contend, while Spieth birdied half the course at Augusta National to shoot 8-under 64 in the final round of his third-place finish.
After struggling in his first Masters appearance in three years, Tiger Woods fired a 69 in the final round to finish tied for 32. The 14-time major champion’s final back nine was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 15th hole, and he added birdies at Nos. 13 and 17.
Woods, 42, finished with a four-day total of 289 for 1-over at the tournament.
Though Finau didn’t win the green jacket, the Lehi resident pocketed an estimated $286,000 in earnings from his 10th-place finish that he shares with former major champion Dustin Johnson. He also clinched a spot in next year's Masters.