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Tony Finau
Finau in 2018
Personal information
Full nameMilton Pouha Finau
NicknameTony, Big Tone[1]
Born (1989-09-14) September 14, 1989 (age 34)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona[2]
Alayna Galea’i
(m. 2012)
Turned professional2007
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s)Web.com Tour
PGA Tour Canada
Professional wins9
Highest ranking9 (December 2, 2018)[3]
(as of June 16, 2024)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour6
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 2019
PGA ChampionshipT4: 2020
U.S. OpenT3: 2024
The Open Championship3rd: 2019

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

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Milton Pouha Finau was born on September 14, 1989, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2006, defeating future PGA Tour player Daniel Summerhays in the 36-hole championship match.[4]

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.[5] Finau and his brother Gipper competed on the Golf Channel's The Big Break in 2009. Finau finished second on Big Break Disney Golf.[5]

Finau played on the PGA Tour Canada in 2013, making seven cuts in eight starts.[5] He finished T-3 at the 2013 Web.com Tour qualifying school to earn his Web.com Tour card for 2014.[5] He won his first title in August 2014 at the Stonebrae Classic.[6] 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.


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[7] 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.[5]

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+12 to 10+12. Finau finished with a 2-1-0 record and won his singles match over Tommy Fleetwood (6 and 4). Up till then Fleetwood had gone 4-0-0 in the fourball and foursome matches (with partner Francesco Molinari).[8]

2018–19 PGA Tour season[edit]

On October 28, 2018, Finau lost a playoff against Xander Schauffele in the WGC-HSBC Champions. He still won more than $1,000,000 by finishing second.[9] In April, Finau was in the final group of the 2019 Masters Tournament with Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods.[10] He ended the tournament tied for 5th.

2019–20 PGA Tour season[edit]

In December 2019, Finau played on the U.S. team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Finau went 0–1–3 and halved his Sunday singles match against Hideki Matsuyama.[11]

In February 2020, Finau lost the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a sudden death playoff to Webb Simpson.[12] Finau, who lost to Simpson's birdie on the first extra hole, had held a two stroke lead with two holes to play, but Simpson finished with consecutive birdies to force the playoff.[13]

In July at the Memorial Tournament, Finau held a four-stroke lead in the third round before faltering on the back nine with two double bogeys. His struggles continued on Sunday, including a triple bogey on the par-four sixth hole, ultimately shooting six over par on the day and finishing the tournament in eighth place, two under par. A week later, Finau's T-3 placing at the 3M Open meant that he now shares the PGA Tour record (30) for the most top-10 finishes in a four-year period without a win.[14]

2020–21 PGA Tour season: Second win after five years[edit]

In early 2021, Finau had a stretch of five weeks where he finished in the top 4 in all four tournaments that he entered. He finished fourth at The American Express, tied second at the Farmers Insurance Open, tied second at the Saudi International on the European Tour and he lost in a playoff to Max Homa at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Finau won the 2021 Northern Trust, beating Cameron Smith in a playoff.[15]

In September 2021, Finau played on the U.S. team in the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The U.S. team won 19–9 and Finau went 1–2–0 including a loss in his Sunday singles match against Ian Poulter.

2021–22 PGA Tour season[edit]

In July 2022, Finau won the 3M Open[16] and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in successive weeks; his third and fourth victories on PGA Tour.[17]

2022–23 PGA Tour season[edit]

Finau qualified for the U.S. team at the 2022 Presidents Cup; he won three and lost one of his matches.[18] In November 2022, Finau won the Cadence Bank Houston Open for his third PGA Tour victory of the calendar year.[19] In April 2023, Finau won the Mexico Open for his sixth career PGA Tour victory.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Finau is of Tongan and Samoan descent, the first person of such ancestry to play on the PGA Tour.[21] Finau's brother Gipper made the cut in the Utah EnergySolutions Championship at the age of 16 but did not succeed as a tournament professional.[5] He is the cousin of NBA basketball player Jabari Parker[5] and former NFL football player Haloti Ngata.[22]

Finau runs the Tony Finau Foundation, an organization aimed at empowering youth and their families in the local community.[23] He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Alayna Finau, have five children.[24] Finau appears in the sports documentary series Full Swing, which premiered on Netflix on February 15, 2023.[25]

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (6)[edit]

FedEx Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Mar 27, 2016 Puerto Rico Open 69-70-67-70=276 −12 Playoff United States Steve Marino
2 Aug 23, 2021 The Northern Trust 67-64-68-65=264 −20 Playoff Australia Cameron Smith
3 Jul 24, 2022 3M Open 67-68-65-67=267 −17 3 strokes Argentina Emiliano Grillo, South Korea Im Sung-jae
4 Jul 31, 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic 64-66-65-67=262 −26 5 strokes United States Patrick Cantlay, Canada Taylor Pendrith,
United States Cameron Young
5 Nov 13, 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open 65-62-68-69=264 −16 4 strokes United States Tyson Alexander
6 Apr 30, 2023 Mexico Open 65-64-65-66=260 −24 3 strokes Spain Jon Rahm

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

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
3 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open United States Webb Simpson Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 2021 Genesis Invitational United States Max Homa Lost to par on second extra hole
5 2021 The Northern Trust Australia Cameron Smith Won with par on first extra hole

Web.com Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
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

National Pro Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Apr 13, 2012 Hall of Fame Classic 66-67-71-65=269 −19 3 strokes United States Michael Welch
2 Apr 20, 2012 Atlantic Open 70-67-69-69=275 −13 4 strokes United States Scott Harrington


Playoff record[edit]

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions United States Xander Schauffele Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

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
Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Masters Tournament T5 T38 T10 T35 T26 T55
PGA Championship T64 T4 T8 T30 T72 T18
U.S. Open CUT T8 CUT CUT T32 T3
The Open Championship 3 NT T15 T28 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = no tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 3 7 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 3 4 10 9
U.S. Open 0 0 1 2 3 4 9 5
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 2 4 7 6
Totals 0 0 2 5 11 15 33 27
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2017 Open – 2019 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
The Players Championship CUT CUT T57 T22 C CUT CUT T19 T45

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Canceled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Championship T27 T25 14
Match Play T17 T40 NT1 T28 T35 T17
Invitational T10 T27 T65 T34
Champions T11 2 T53 NT1 NT1 NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022. The Champions was discontinued from 2023.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Schupak, Adam (February 1, 2020). "New Scottsdale resident Tony Finau right at home with third-round lead at Phoenix Open". AZ Central. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
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  12. ^ Gray, Will (February 2, 2020). "Power of precision: Simpson stays true to roots to beat heavy-hitting Finau". Golf Channel.
  13. ^ "Webb Simpson wins Waste Management Phoenix Open, Bryson DeChambeau finishes 2-under". Dallas News. Associated Press. February 3, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  14. ^ Myers, Alex (July 27, 2020). "Tony Finau is about to break a PGA Tour record that he probably won't want to celebrate". Golf Digest. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Ferguson, Doug (August 24, 2021). "Tony Finau ends 5-year drought and wins Northern Trust". Associated Press. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  16. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (July 24, 2022). "Tony Finau surges on final day to take 3M Open championship". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  17. ^ Garcia, Tony (July 31, 2022). "Tony Finau nearly flawless in 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic win for back-to-back PGA wins". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
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  25. ^ "Tee Up for 'Full Swing,' the Golf Documentary Series That Drives Plenty of Drama". Netflix Tudum. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  26. ^ "2012 National Pro Tour schedule". National Pro Tour. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012.

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