|Full name||Milton Pouha Finau|
|Nickname||Tony, Big Tone|
|Born||September 14, 1989|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|Sporting nationality||United States|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
PGA Tour Canada
|Highest ranking||9 (December 2, 2018)|
(as of May 15, 2022)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Korn Ferry Tour||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T5: 2019|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2020|
|U.S. Open||5th: 2018|
|The Open Championship||3rd: 2019|
Early life and amateur career
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.
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.
Finau played on the PGA Tour Canada in 2013, making seven cuts in eight starts. He finished T-3 at the 2013 Web.com Tour qualifying school to earn his Web.com Tour card for 2014. He won his first title in August 2014 at the Stonebrae Classic. 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 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.
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. 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).
2018–19 PGA Tour season
2019–20 PGA Tour season
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.
In February 2020, Finau lost the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a sudden death playoff to Webb Simpson. 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.
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.
2020–21 PGA Tour season: Second win after five years
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.
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.
Finau is of Tongan and Samoan descent, the first person of such ancestry to play on the PGA Tour. 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. He is the cousin of NBA basketball player Jabari Parker and former NFL football player Haloti Ngata.
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.
Professional wins (3)
PGA Tour wins (2)
|FedEx Cup playoff events (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Mar 27, 2016||Puerto Rico Open||69-70-67-70=276||−12||Playoff||Steve Marino|
|2||Aug 23, 2021||The Northern Trust||67-64-68-65=264||−20||Playoff||Cameron Smith|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)
|1||2016||Puerto Rico Open||Steve Marino||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|2||2018||WGC-HSBC Champions||Xander Schauffele||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2020||Waste Management Phoenix Open||Webb Simpson||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2021||Genesis Invitational||Max Homa||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|5||2021||The Northern Trust||Cameron Smith||Won with par on first extra hole|
Web.com Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Aug 3, 2014||Stonebrae Classic||67-62-63-66=267||−22||3 strokes|| Daniel Berger, Fabián Gómez,|
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2018||WGC-HSBC Champions||Xander Schauffele||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
Results not in chronological order in 2020.
|The Open Championship||T18||T27||T9|
|The Open Championship||3||NT||T15|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic
|The Open Championship||0||0||1||1||2||4||5||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2017 Open – 2019 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||CUT||CUT||T57||T22||C||CUT||CUT|
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
1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022.
U.S. national team appearances
- Junior Ryder Cup: 2004, 2006
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