A couple of days ago, Tony Finau came out on top during the final round of The Northern Trust. This allowed him to win one of the best PGA Tour victories in the last decade, as well as beat Cameron Smith who is considered the number one golfer in the world.
What do we know about Tony Finau? We’re here to answer that! Below are some facts about this golf player that you might not know. Let’s dive in!
He is Of Polynesian Descent
Both Tony Finau and his brother Gipper have Tongan and Samoan roots. Most people expected him to excel at football, which most Polynesian-blooded boys religiously follow. Indeed, Finau used to have a cousin playing for the NFL, none other than Baltimore Ravens’ Haloti Ngata. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he can even pass himself off as a pocket quarterback or a speedy wide receiver.
However, Finau and his brother were more drawn to golf than to any other sport. He would later go on to become the first person with Polynesian ancestry to play (and win) on the PGA Tour.
He Beat Daniel Summerhays When He was 17
Many of his fans might not know this, but Tony Finau once bested Daniel Summerhays one time. It was during the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2006, when he was 17 and Summerhays was 26. Granted, neither of them were PGA Tour players yet at that time, but it goes to show that great golfers flock together.
Anyway, Summerhays is now retired and currently works as a golf coach at Davis High School. His brother Boyd is presently FInau’s coach.
He Got $1 Million After Losing a Playoff
Not every tournament or playoff ends well for Tony Finau. Like you and me, he’s also experienced a couple of losses. However, unlike the rest of us, he still managed to come out of $1 million richer. This happened during his playoff against Xander Schauffele at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Although he didn’t manage to snag the championship from Schauffele, he still did pretty well at the course. In the end, Finau came out of the championship in second place. He and Schauffele remain friends to this day.
He was Inspired By Tiger Woods
Like other professional golfers, Tony Finau was inspired by Tiger Woods. When he was 7, he witnessed Woods (who was 21 at that time) win his first Masters. This event helped sparked Finau’s passion for golf, and it helped motivate him throughout his professional career.
Tiger Woods will later congratulate FInau on his win last August 23, 2021, telling him how proud he was and how special his play was.
He Wears Green Every Sunday
Finau’s parents were very supportive of his golfing career. In fact, it was them who took him to Tiger Woods’ first Masters Tournament all those years ago. Unfortunately, Finau’s mom Vena was killed during a car accident in 2011.
To honor her memory, Finau wears green every Sunday since it’s her favorite color. He also started his habit of wearing green during final rounds of his playoffs as a tribute to her.
As one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour, Tony Finau is definitely a golfer you should follow. So while you’re out looking for the best golf drivers for high handicappers, you should also see how this up and coming professional golfer fares during future tournaments.