Utah golf: Trio of Utahns contend on 3 different Tours

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SALT LAKE CITY — On two tours in two different states, a pair of Utah natives put themselves in contention for a win Sunday afternoon.

Tony Finau was tied for the lead on the back nine of the Travelers Championship before the Rose Park native who lives in Lehi shot 66 to finished tied for fifth with a four-day total of 18-under-par 262 at TPCRiver Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

It's the second consecutive top-five finishes for Finau and third time in as many starts with a top-10 finish as he collected his $702,500 share of the purse.

Finau carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 11th and par-4 12th holes to tie for the lead midway through the back nine. But after a birdie on the par-4, 293-yard No. 15, the West High graduate had a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole to finish four strokes out of a playoff between Scottie Scheffler and Tom Kim.

Scheffler fired three consecutive birdies on the back nine to lead by as many as two strokes down the stretch. But after a group of protesters interrupted the final hole just as Scheffler, Kim and playing partner Akshay Bhatia got to the 18th green, Kim finished off a wild near-eagle approach shot with a birdie to send the duo to a playoff.

In the extra hole, Scheffler drove 280 yards to the right side of the fairway before laying up 156 yards within 11 feet of the hole for a par that lifted the world No. 1 golfer to his fourth victory of the year in the PGA Tour's $20 million limited-field, no-cut signature events. The reigning Masters champion earned a payday of $3.6 million with the victory.

He's the first player since Arnold Palmer in 1962 to win six times before the month of July on the PGA Tour.

"It's pretty special. It's been a great season," Scheffler said after his round, which he celebrated with his wife, Meredith, and infant son, Bennett, by his side. "I've been fortunate to come away with some wins and it's been a lot of fun. Tom played his heart out today. He's a great player, a great champion. It was fun battling him today."

BYU's Cooper Jones adds top-25 finish in Korn Ferry Tour debut

More than 1,500 miles away, Cooper Jones was in contention until the latter stages of his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Compliance Solutions Championship in Norman, Oklahoma.

The former Lone Peak standout who just completed his freshman season at BYU shot 66-66 to cruise past the cut line inside the top five. He added a 1-under 71 in Saturday's third round before carding eagle on the par-5, 621-yard fifth hole en route to a 1-over front nine that included three bogeys.

Jones carded even-par 72 in Sunday's final round to finish tied for 16th, earning an exemption into next week's Korn Ferry Tour event in Springfield, Illinois, where he headed immediately following the conclusion of Sunday's event.

Jones, who has received his two-year church mission call to Trujillo, Peru, earned an exemption to the event with his win in the Bridgestone Collegiate during the season. His initial goal was "to make the cut," but when he woke up Friday, he realized he could do much more.

"I feel like the last year since I've been in college, it's kind of been my question is, like, what do I need to do to get better and to that level; Korn Ferry, PGA Tour level," Jones said. "These last two days, it's kind of made me realize just to sharpen everything up and more mentally just be aggressive, be smart, roll the putter good and you'll be set."

Jones pulled one back with a birdie on the par-4, 445-yard 15th hole. But his chase faded as John Pak, who shot 64-66-65 in the first three rounds, drained his second birdie on the par-5 12th hole to pull away for good en route to 23-under and a three-shot win. Only Jackson Suber, the 24-year-old Ole Miss grad, carding nine birdies including seven of the nine holes on the back to shoot 9-under 63 in the final round and finish two shots off the lead.

Former BYU golfer Peter Kuest rallied with an eagle on the par-5 17th hole to shoot even-par 72 and match Jones at 13-under, while former BYU golfer, coach and Davis High alum Daniel Summerhays finished tied for 43rd at 9-under.

Weber High graduate Connor Howe, who played collegiately at Georgia Tech, shot even-par 144 in two days before missing the cut.

Weir finishes 2nd in Champions event

Former BYU golfer Mike Weir shot 5-under-par 67 to finish second by one shot to Padraid Harrington in the Dick's Open in Endicott, New York.

Harrington, who made a key par save on the par-3 17th hole en route to a 4-under 68, captured his eighth PGA Tour Champions title and second of the year with his third consecutive Dick's Open title.

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