Tony Finau

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Tony Finau
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Finau at 2015 Deutsche Bank
Personal information
Full nameMilton Pouha Finau
Born (1989-09-14) September 14, 1989 (age 29)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
Career
Turned professional2007
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour Canada
Web.com Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Web.com Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT10: 2018
U.S. Open5th: 2018
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2018
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2015

Milton Pouha "Tony" Finau (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Finau was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Finau won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2006, defeating future PGA Tour player Daniel Summerhays in the 36-hole championship match.

Professional career[edit]

Although Finau had college scholarship offers in basketball, he turned professional at the age of 17 and began playing on mini-tours including the Gateway Tour, NGA Hooters Tour, and National Pro Tour.[1]

Finau and his brother Gipper competed on the Golf Channel's The Big Break in 2009. Finau finished second on Big Break Disney Golf.[1]

Finau played on the PGA Tour Canada in 2013, making seven cuts in eight starts.[1] He finished T-3 at the 2013 Web.com Tour qualifying school to earn his Web.com Tour card for 2014.[1] He won his first title in August 2014 at the Stonebrae Classic.[2] He finished 8th in the regular season, and 12th in the Web.com Tour Finals to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2014–15 season.

In March 2016, Finau won his maiden title on the PGA Tour at the Puerto Rico Open. He won in a sudden death playoff over Steve Marino with a birdie on the third extra hole. He had earlier missed a putt for the victory outright on the 72nd green. The result moved Finau into the top 25 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Finau opted not to defend his Puerto Rico title in 2017, instead taking his chances to get into the field at the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but was two players short of entering the field, which takes the top 64 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking.

2018[edit]

Finau qualified for the first three majors in 2018, including his first Masters appearance, by making it to the Tour Championship in 2017. He finished in a tie for 10th place at the 2018 Masters, despite dislocating his ankle in the Par-3 contest[3] the day before the first round. In June 2018, Finau finished in 5th place at the U.S. Open after a double-bogey on the 18th hole, his highest finish to date in a major tournament.

Finau finished the 2018 PGA Tour season ranked sixth in the season-long FedEx Cup. He earned over $5,600,000 in the 2017-18 season with 11 top-10 finishes. His best finishes in the season were second at the Safeway Open and The Northern Trust. He also finished T2 at the Genesis Open.[1]

In September 2018, U.S. team captain Jim Furyk named Finau as a captain's pick for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National outside of Paris, France. The U.S. lost the Ryder Cup to the European side 17 1/2 to 10 1/2. Notwithstanding the loss, Finau played well. He finished with a 2-1-0 record and won his singles match over Tommy Fleetwood (6 and 4). This was a particularly impressive result because Fleetwood had gone 4-0-0 in the fourball and foursome matches (with partner Francesco Molinari).[4]

2018-19 PGA Tour season[edit]

On October 28, 2018, Finau lost a playoff against Xander Schauffele in the WBC-HSBC Champions. He still won more than $1,000,000 by finishing second.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Finau is of Tongan and Samoan descent, the first person of such ancestry to play on the PGA Tour.[6] Finau's brother Gipper made the cut in the Utah Energy Solutions Championship at the age of 16 but did not succeed as a tournament professional.[1] He is the cousin of NBA basketball player Jabari Parker.[1]

Finau runs the Tony Finau Foundation, an organization aimed at empowering youth and their families in the local community. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Alayna Finau, have four children.[7]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Mar 27, 2016 Puerto Rico Open 69-70-67-70=276 −12 Playoff United States Steve Marino

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2016 Puerto Rico Open United States Steve Marino Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions United States Xander Schauffele Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Web.com Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Aug 3, 2014 Stonebrae Classic 67-62-63-66=267 −22 3 strokes United States Daniel Berger, Argentina Fabián Gómez, United States Zack Sucher

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T10
U.S. Open T14 CUT 5
The Open Championship T18 T27 T9
PGA Championship T10 CUT T44 T42
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3
Totals 0 0 0 1 4 6 11 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2017 Open – 2018 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2018 Masters – 2018 Open)

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T27 T25
Match Play T17
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T10
HSBC Champions T11 2
  Top 10
  Did not play

"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Tony Finau profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tony Finau shoots 66 en route to win". ESPN. Associated Press. August 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tony Finau dislocates ankle celebrating hole-in-one at Masters Par-Three event - and pops it back in himself". The Independent. April 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Wittry, Andy (September 30, 2018). "Ryder Cup Scores: Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson had the best days relative to par Sunday at Le Golf National". Ryder Cup. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Kragthorpe, Kurt (October 28, 2018). "Utah's Tony Finau loses a playoff in his bid for a World Golf Championship title". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Evans, Farrell (October 7, 2014). "Finau's atypical path to PGA Tour". ESPN.
  7. ^ Christensen, Danielle (October 5, 2017). "'His time is the best time': Professional golfer Tony Finau on faith, family and PGA Tour". Deseret News. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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