BLAINE, Minn. — For the second week in a row, Tony Finau found himself near the top of the leaderboard of a championship following his opening round. However, his longtime caddie, Greg Bodine, wasn’t with him Thursday.
Finau said he had finished his connection with Bodine following last week’s collapse in the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
There, Finau had the outright lead after 18 holes along with a piece of the guide afterwards 36. However he took a 78 at the last round and finished eighth. On Thursdayhe took a 6-under 65 at the opening round of the PGA Tour’s just stop in Minnesota.
Following the round, he commended his swing trainer, Boyd Summerhays, who had been on his luggage.
“He did not do a great deal of speaking,” Finau said. “I advised him only kind of hold on the bag and play well and I will call him in if I want him. We’ve got a wonderful dynamic, I believe, and also a fantastic connection to where no hard feelings no matter what.”
Finau said Summerhays is only a temporary caddie, however.
He will need to battle the area and the components the remainder of the way. On Friday, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s at TPC Twin Cities. Scattered thunderstorms in the region could impact play Saturday and Sunday.
However Finau said he felt comfortable on the course Thursday with his brand new, albeit temporary, caddie. His aim now is to complete what he started a week and finally proceed.
“Yeah, I think my caddie (Bodine) and that I had a terrific run,” he explained. “We’re together for six decades and it is a challenging thing, you understand. On a personal level I really like the man and also on a business degree, I believed it was time for a change in my scenario and something only different. Unfortunately, our connection business-wise has finished, but I anticipate getting someone on the tote and making yet another fantastic run.”