HAYWARD, Calif. -- Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for
his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a
Finau, the 24-year-old Salt Lake City player who turned pro at 17, had a
tournament-record 22-under 258 total at TPC Stonebrae and earned
$108,000 to jump from 24th to eighth on the money list with $238,125.
The top 25 after the final four regular-season events will earn 2014-15
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"Im overwhelmed," the long-hitting Finau said. ""I got a little bit of
goosebumps walking up the 18th fairway just thinking about how far Ive
come the past few years. ... It definitely wasnt easy coming down the
stretch but I had a lot of fun. I was proud of how I stayed in the
moment. I kept telling myself that the most important shot is the next
Zack Sucher, the Midwest Classic winner last week in Kansas, had a 66 to
tie for second with Fabian Gomez and Daniel Berger. Gomez, from
Argentina, finished with a 68. He had a 60 in the second round. Berger
also closed with a 68.
Finaus biggest challenge came at the 315-yard 14th, easily reachable for
player who averaged 329 yards off the tee. But using driver, he yanked
his shot into a tree at the end of the teeing ground.
"It didnt go 20 yards," Finau said. "The ball wound up in some big
weeds, but I could get a club on the next one."
He popped a 6-iron down the fairway, hit a wedge from 90 yards to 7 feet
and made the par putt.
"That was huge," Finau said. "Theres no telling what could have gone
through my mind if I had messed up that hole."
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his return Sunday five weeks after heart surgery.TORONTO --
Brendan Shanahan was brought in to change the culture of the Toronto
Maple Leafs. How the new team president plans to do that remains a
In introducing Shanahan on Monday, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
president Tim Leiweke made it clear that he wasnt happy with the
"character" and "culture" of the team.
"Im not sure the Leafs have (the right culture)," Leiweke said. "I
definitely sense that we lack an identity, and right now were a team
that lacks a direction and we want to change that."
Its up to Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis to do it, but no clear
direction for the organization was spelled out on Shanahans "first day
at work." The 45-year-old Hall of Famer has a plan, and though he and
Leiweke didnt get into specifics, plenty of changes are expected.
"I have some ideas in my head about direction, but I think that at the
same time ... those are subject to change," Shanahan said. "I think that
its very important for people, especially in sports, to have the
ability to evolve and to make changes."
Change could come in the form of firing coach Randy Carlyle, whose
vision for winning hockey didnt seem to fit with the Toronto roster. And
it could come in the form of many different players being on the ice
opening night this fall than were around for Mondays locker clean-out.
But Shanahan and Nonis insist the immediate job is to step back and make
an assessment of where the organization is as a whole. Even though each
man called Carlyle a "good coach," its difficult to point to things
like identity, culture and character without at least considering the
"You all saw the team this year, I think we didnt have the identity,"
Leiweke said. "I think Randy tried to create the identity. To the guys
credit last year, they bought into that, and they took on Randys
identity, I dont think that happened this year."
Shanahan, who grew up in the Toronto neighbourhood of Mimico and
previously worked for the NHL as the director of player safety, is
expected to shape this teams identity. Its just not clear how he intends
to do that.
"Dave and I are going to talk about this thing or were going to talk
about our team, were going to talk about how we see the best way to play
for our team going forward," Shanahan said. "I think that its important
for us to assess what we have here, what we have coming up, and I think
thats an organizational thing. It would be presumptuous, it would be
premature for me to tell you right now where were going to go."
Leiweke would like Shanahan to have the same kind of success Masai Ujiri
has enjoyed in his first season re-shaping the NBAs Raptors. Hell be
given total authority to not only put his fingerprints on the team but
completely revamp, if necessary.
"This is Brendans team, its his culture, and at the end of the day he
makes all the decisions, and were going to support that 100 per cent,"
Of course with Shanahan as president, the Leafs power structure is
different. All three men at Mondays news conference insisted the working
relationship between Nonis and his new boss would go smoothly.
"They will work well together and if we have disagreements, the
disagreements will be resolved very quickly within the organization,"
Leiweke said.dddddddddddd. "This isnt going to tear the organization
apart. This is going to make the organization a better place."
While Shanahan has the final say, it remains to be seen how the
decision-making process will be handled.
"Your boss has the final say," Nonis said. "Thats just common sense and
its the way things have worked. This isnt a relationship thats going to
work that way. This is going to work the way it should work, which is
were going to work together to try to find the right answers together."
Nonis made sure to point out that, at the end of the day, Shanahan is
the boss. And Leiweke made sure to point out that this move was first
agreed to last summer and not a "knee-jerk" reaction to the Leafs
eight-game slide that caused them to miss the playoffs.
This is Shanahans team. And while hes a Hall of Famer with three Stanley
Cup rings who spent the past five years working in the league office,
its difficult to pin down his philosophy, other than to figure general
managers like Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings and Lou Lamoriello of
the New Jersey Devils have influenced him over the years.
Shanahan sounded like a Holland disciple on Monday.
"You have to hire good people and you have to let them do their job," he
said. "I think you need to step in and help them when they need help.
... Its a great feeling to be a player and be a part of a team, I view
management as the same thing. Youve got your hierarchy and your
leadership and things like that, but its certainly a team."
The team Shanahan is taking over finished the season 2-12-0 to go from a
playoff shoo-in to locker clean-out two days after a final loss in
Ottawa. Major changes could be coming, but Shanahan wasnt tipping his
"I do like a lot about this group," he said. "From an outsider looking
in, theres some really good pieces that a lot of teams would covet. ...
You start by looking for ways to improve in small increments, and if you
have an opportunity to make improvements, you make them."
That seems to be Noniss philosophy, too, even while saying the team isnt
where it needs to be. Last years trip to the playoffs may have masked
some bigger issues, but falling apart so spectacularly isnt likely to
lead to blowing up the roster.
"When you look back if were taking the appropriate time, were going to
see some things that were happy with in this group, too, and you dont
want to throw the baby out with the bath water," Nonis said. "Theres
quality people and quality players here, and if we want to get better,
were going to do a good job of assessing those pieces and keeping the
ones that we think can help us long-term."
Building a contending team for the long-term seems to be the goal for
Shanahan and the Leafs. Leiweke, whose earlier talk about a Stanley Cup
parade drew plenty of criticism, talked instead Monday about building a
group thatll be in the mix.
"To me the most outstanding statistic, if you look at (Shanahans)
career, is not the three Stanley Cup rings but in 21 years he made the
playoffs 18 times," Leiweke said. "He is a guy thats not just a student
of the game and a fan of the game, but hes an architect of the game, and
thats what we needed here."
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