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LOS ANGELES – You’d think the glass was half empty by now, but Tony Finau still sees it as half full despite another close call to The Genesis Invitational

Finau lost to Max Homa on the second playoff hole in the Riviera Country Club and finished in second place – his 21st Top 5 result since the start of the 2016/17 season Only five other players have more in this period – but all have between four and twelve wins in the period

Finau’s terrifying form has brought no victories. The 31-year-old has not won on the PGA TOUR since his only triumph at the Puerto Rico Open, when it was the opposite field event in the 2015/16 season

Reversing a trend on Sunday where he occasionally slipped off the top of the leaderboard to shoot a blistering 7-under-64, he didn’t look like a player afraid of winning when he got eight birdies and only scored a single bogey

“Whenever I had the chance to win, I wasn’t the type to go down, and today I was, so I can get a lot of confidence out of it,” said Finau. “I wanted to do that today to help myself on Sundays prove that I can sit down in the middle and shoot a number. At the end of the day I will be able to look back on it and draw a lot of positives from it ”

But just when it looked like Finau had broken its drought with sparkling play, Homa turned a bunker on Nov. Hole a brilliant up and down birdie and then – since he needed a birdie to win – tamped his approach to 3 feet of the last

At least Finau wouldn’t lose this one. He’d be beaten Until he wasn’t

Homa tried to ram the putt home for the win, but he hit the edge of the hole and jumped out – breathing new life into Finau’s chances

Unfortunately, he couldn’t use the gift After Finau didn’t miss a single putt within 10 feet for the last 27 holes of regulation (22 of 22), he would critically miss two in the playoffs

On the first playoff hole, he had a chance to take the title from 7 feet away but left it excruciatingly short. One hole later he missed the green and had to squirt out of a bunker Homa missed his shot on fame and left Finau barely ten feet to continue the fight It wouldn’t fall and Homa took the spoils

Due to the lack of final results, many wanted to point their fingers, claiming that any near-miss is a failure by Finau, or that the Utah-American just doesn’t have the mental strength to get things done. Finau refuses to use this narrative style to give in

“It’s bittersweet to be in that position again, but I never get tired of playing good golf and I tell myself that every week,” Finau said after missing another chance

“Sport is about winning I’ve said that many times, I grew up trying to win every tournament I play, every tournament I play, nothing has changed but I know that at the end of the day you will lose a lot more times than you do win on the PGA TOUR

“I’m not a quitter, I’m not someone who disappears into the sunset because I can’t win in these situations. I had another great shot today. I don’t know what else to say other than that I’m happy play good golf and one day it will happen to me and hopefully turn into some kind of domino effect ”

Finau finished sixth in the FedExCup and remains in the top 15 of the world rankings when he sets off for the World Golf Championships – Workday Championship at The Concession next week

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World News – USA – Tony Finau is still looking forward to another close call