Tony Finau carried a three-shot lead into the final round of the HSBC Champions in China, but he still failed to secure his elusive second-career PGA Tour win, instead settling for another runner-up finish.
"Just walking off the green, haven't had a lot of time but definitely feel like I let one get away," Finau told Will Gray of Golf Channel. "It was tough playing out there. (Xander) posted a number and made birdie on a playoff hole when it counted. Hats off to him. He played nicely and deserved to win."
Finau was up one on Xander Schauffele and standing on the 17th tee. But he wasn't able to hold on, as Schauffele birdied his final three holes, including the lone playoff hole to seal the victory.
The performance was Finau's fourth runner-up result over the last 13 months, and he's also posted eight top-10 finishes over that span.
"It was cool to have a chance to win, a real chance to win. I'll definitely learn from this and keep moving forward," Finau added.
The American Ryder Cup team member is coming off an incredible 2017-18 season despite not finding the winner's circle. He became only the second player in history to surpass $5 million in season earnings without winning a tournament.
Finau's only PGA Tour win was the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, an alternate field event.