Tony Finau bogeyed two of the last three holes in Friday’s second round of the British Open, posting a 1-under-par 70 that left him in a tie for 12th place at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
The Lehi resident stands 4 under for the tournament, four strokes off the lead shared by Shane Lowry and J.B. Holmes.
Finau reached 6 under with a birdie on the par-4 No. 15. But he bogeyed the par-3 No. 16 after his tee shot stopped just short of the green and bogeyed the par-4 No. 18 after driving into the long grass on the right side and having to pitch out to the fairway.
Finau started the second round in a huge group that was tied for third place after his opening-round 68. He had birdied the par-4 No.4, the par-4 No. 10 and the par-5 No. 12 for a 3-under 68.
He had missed the 36-hole cut in last month’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, after playing the weekend rounds in the previous eight major tournaments.
This is the last major tournament of the PGA Tour’s 2018-19 calendar, although Finau has a World Golf Championships event and the FedEx Cup Playoffs ahead of him. He’s hoping to move from No. 10 into the top eight in the U.S. standings for automatic qualification for the Presidents Cup in Australia in December. That list will be finalized Aug. 18, following the BMW Championship.