Finau is of Tongan and American Samoan descent, the first person of such ancestry to play on the PGA Tour. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His current world golf ranking is #44.
28-year old Tony Finau has been a professional golfer since 2007. He played on the PGA Tour Canada, Gateway Tour, NGA Hooters Tour, National Pro Tour, and the Web.com tour.
In this week’s PGA Tour event, Farmers Insurance Open, Finau is 9-under par and currently tied for 3rd at the end of the second round. He is 2 strokes behind leader Ryan Palmer who is at 11- under par
Farmers Insurance Open
Date:Jan 25–28, 2018
Course: Torrey Pines – South Course and others
Watch on:CBS, GOLF
Tony Finau has 1 victory on the PGA Tour which came in March 2016 at the Puerto Rico Open.
Finau won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2006, defeating future PGA Tour player Daniel Summerhays in the 36-hole championship match. Although he 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.
He played on 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.
Finau opted not to defend his Puerto Rico title in 2017, instead of 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.
Tiger Woods—currently ranked #647 in the world, and returning from back surgery—should add many delights to the tournament with his mastery of all aspects of the game. He made the cut with a birdie on his final hole in the second round and is tied at #65. He is 1-under par, 10 shots behind the leader.
“Hopefully, I’ll drive a little better, get my irons obviously a lot closer and we get the better of the two greens tomorrow,” Tiger commented to a reporter.
By Karl A. Haughton