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FedEx St. Jude Classic 2022: Tony Finau’s Opening-Round 64 Praised by Fans on Twitter

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Tony Finau isn’t atop the leaderboard following the first round of Thursday’s FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis. However the red-hot golfer is at striking distance, a problem for all of those other field.

Finau shot a six-under 64, leaving him just two strokes behind leaders Si Woo Kim and J.J. Spaun and continuing what is a torrid stretch for the 32-year-old.

Golf Digest @GolfDigest

In the event that you needed a reminder of how good Tony Finau has been playing.

(h/t: @JustinRayGolf )https://t.co/5hRWp4bYl4 pic.twitter.com/Jkt1p5D37G

Unsurprisingly, social media marketing was singing his praises following Thursday’s strong start:

trey wingo @wingoz

Finau at this time.. https://t.co/qnwNmvtF4N pic.twitter.com/Vg7G4gSg0y

Sam Harrop @sam_golf

Tony Finau is playing gaming golf right now. https://t.co/66ohSriUOo

Sam Eaton @sameaton12

Im convinced Tony Finau never loses again#FedExPlayoffs

Colton @BullNamed_GUS

Is Tony Finau another Tiger? Im not saying it, however, many folks are

He celebrated his strong begin by…getting ultimately more practice in:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Coming off two straight wins, @TonyFinauGolf fires an opening round 64 and heads right to the number. pic.twitter.com/Elu5cUGgrB

Finau is technically the defending champion after winning the Northern Trust at Liberty National DRIVER last season, that was replaced this season by the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

“A significant different place,” he told reporters Thursday before his opening round. “It’s definitely strange defending on a course that I haven’t won on.”

That defense got off to a shaky start Thursday, with a rough drive on No. 10, but he miraculously were able to salvage a birdie.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Most likely not just how he intended …

But a birdie to start out @TonyFinauGolf‘s round nonetheless. pic.twitter.com/lRFnmsUX7u

“It started with a lowlight, duck hooked my first tee shot,” he told reporters. “But I acquired lucky, had a go, wear it leading of the green and chipped in. It wasn’t the perfect birdie start, but we’re off and running.”

Altogether, he finished with two bogeys and eight birdies, keeping himself in striking distance from the leaders. After winning his last two events, nobody is betting against him to create it three in a row.

Other notable finishers included Rickie Fowler (-5), Jason Day (-5), Cameron Smith (-3), Justin Thomas (-3), Jon Rahm (-3), Jordan Spieth (E), Rory McIlroy (E) and Scottie Scheffler (+1)

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