Golf: Finau beats Marino in play-off to win Puerto Rico Open

Tony Finau during the final round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on March 27, 2016 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Tony Finau during the final round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on March 27, 2016 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Long-hitting Tony Finau birdied the third extra hole to beat fellow American Steve Marino in a play-off at golf's Puerto Rico Open on Sunday.

The 26-year-old clinched his first PGA Tour victory, in his second full season on the PGA Tour.

He shot a closing 70 to finish regulation locked with Marino (70) at 12-under-par 276, one stroke ahead of Mexican Rodolfo Cazaubon (68) and third-round leader Ian Poulter, of England, who carded 72.

Finau played his final eight holes in two-over in windy conditions at Coco Bach to allow Marino to extra holes.

They played the par-five 18th three times in the play-off. Both players birdied the first two times, but Marino could not match Finau's birdie on the third try, when the latter got up-and-down from a greenside bunker, while Marino's putt from just outside four feet missed to the right.

"I learnt a lot being in contention (at several tournaments) last year," Finau told PGATour.com. "I learnt you have to take the good with the bad.

"I'm proud of the way I stuck in there and happy I made that last putt when I needed to."

Runner-up Marino, 36, remained winless in 182 starts on the PGA Tour.

Poulter, winless in four years, closed with 13 consecutive pars and missed an 18-foot birdie putt at the last to narrowly miss out on the play-off.