Finau will miss buddy Brooks at Presidents Cup


NASSAU, Bahamas – When Brooks Koepka notified his Presidents Cup teammates that he wouldn’t be making the journey to Royal Melbourne due to a left-knee harm, arguably no participant was extra bummed than Tony Finau.
Finau teamed with Koepka to go 1-1 in fourballs final yr on the Ryder Cup, his debut in staff competitors for the U.S., and was already wanting ahead to reuniting with the world No. 1 in Australia.
“I’ve obtained some good pals on the staff, some nice choices, and clearly I really feel like I can play with any of the 11 guys, nevertheless it was fairly bitter for me when Brooks advised me he was going to drag out,” Finau mentioned Thursday on the Hero World Problem, the place he’s amongst 11 U.S. staff members enjoying. “We had an excellent run final yr and as soon as we obtained picked, we talked about enjoying once more and we expressed that to the captain. However now that he pulled out, it’s not going to occur.”
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Finau was paired with Koepka’s alternative, Rickie Fowler, in Wednesday’s opening spherical at Albany. He shot 7-over 79, a continuation of a poor fall wherein he’s completed outdoors the highest 50 in three straight occasions getting into the Bahamas.
“The one place I might go after yesterday was up,” Finau mentioned. “It was a type of rounds the place I used to be truly laughing after the spherical about what number of powerful breaks I had. … A kind of rounds the place you will have completely no concept what occurred.”
A day later, Finau turned issues round in an enormous manner. He made only one bogey, on the par-Four ending gap, but additionally carded 5 birdies to rebound with a second-round 68.
“Little doubt that was large,” Finau mentioned. “I want a pair good ones earlier than subsequent week simply to verify my confidence is excessive sufficient.”

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