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Born: 14 September 1989
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
College: Oklahoma State University
Resides: Scottsdale, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 1
Other Wins: 1
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐
Tony Finau is probably the biggest underachiever in the game of golf today, having only won the Puerto Rico Open, a weaker field event. With seven runner up finishes and countless Top 10’s, he really should have converted a handful by now given his talent. He reached a career high of 8th in the world ranking in December 2018 in a season which he was 6th on the Fed Ex Cup standings.
He turned pro in 2007 as a 17-year-old despite having college scholarship offers in basketball. A few years playing mini-tours followed and it wasn't until 2014 when he earned his Korn Ferry Tour card. He took immediate advantage, winning the Stonebrae Classic en route to gaining his PGA Tour Card for 2015. Tony's progress continued the following year as he won his maiden title on the PGA Tour in Puerto Rico.
Tony is one of the biggest hitters on tour, so loves to eat up courses that favour the power hitters. He also has an extremely good record at the Majors. Keep an eye out for Tony on courses which demand a superb long game.
A song about Tony went viral on Twitter in 2020 and it sums up exactly what the whole golfing world have been scratching their heads about – When will Tony win again? If you haven’t seen it, take a moment to enjoy the wonderful Sam Harrop on the link here.
Tony will undoubtedly win again soon. However, the bookmakers are aware of this and he very rarely goes off at a value price. Look to back Finau from off the pace at a bigger price in-running, especially before Saturday’s where his scoring average is much lower than Sunday’s.
Tony turned 30 in September 2019.
Tony split with his long term caddie, Greg Bodine, after the 2020 Memorial tournament. The pair had been together since the 14/15 season.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Tony started the final round of the Genesis Invitational four back of Sam Burns. Shot an impressive 64 to force a playoff with Max Homa. Bogeyed the second playoff hole to lose out.
Began the final round of the Saudi International 3 shots behind DJ. Shot 67 to finish 2 shots behind but that included bogeys at 16 and 17 once he had got himself a chance of winning.
Began the final round of the American Express joint leading with Si Woo Kim. Shot 68 to lose to Kim by 4 shots. Missed two putts of under 4ft and pulled an approach into the water on the back 9. A poor performance given the easy conditions.
Began the final round of the PGA Championship 3 shots behind Dustin Johnson and shot 66 to finish in 4th place, 3 shots off the winner Collin Morikawa.
Trailed by 4 shots (in 2nd place) going into the final round of the Memorial Tournament. Shot 78 to finish in 8th place, 7 shots behind Jon Rahm who shot 75. Was also leading by 1 shot after 36 holes and played the weekend like a different man from Thursday and Friday.
Held a one-stroke 54-hole lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before shooting 70 and lost in a playoff to Webb Simpson. Traded at 1.05 on Betfair as Simpson birdied 17 and 18 to tie the lead. Whilst he missed a couple of makeable puts down the stretch and parred the driveable 17th, he didn’t throw it away and Simpson finished in style.
Led by 1 shot after 18 holes at the Charles Schwab Challenge and trailed Kevin Na by 2 shots going into the final round. Shot 68 to finish in sole 2nd place, 4 shots shy of Na who shot 66.
Began the final round of the Masters 2 shots behind Francesco Molinari thanks to a 3rd round 64. Shot 72 to finish in 5th place, 2 shots behind Tiger Woods who shot 70.
Began final round of the Hero World Challenge in a three-way tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm. Finished 2nd after a final round 69 to finish 4 shots shy of Jon Rahm who shot 65.
Held the solo 36- and 54-hole leads at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions before losing in a playoff to Xander Schauffele in Shanghai, China. Entered the final round at Sheshan International Golf Club with a three-stroke advantage and posted a 1-under 71 to force a playoff with Schauffele which went one extra hole.
Entering the final round of the U.S. Open tied for the lead and playing in the final pairing, posted a 72 to finish fifth, 4 shots back from Brooks Koepka. Began the third round 11 strokes behind then-leader Dustin Johnson and shot a third-round 4-under 66, one of just three sub-70 rounds on Saturday.
Held 18-hole co-lead at the Genesis Open before finishing in 2nd place. Entered the final round 2 shots behind Bubba Watson and both shot 69.
Entered the weekend tied for third at the Farmers Insurance Open, but a pair of 73s on the weekend resulted in the T6 finish.
Nine runners up finishes since his last win at 2016 says it all and although he didn’t do a tremendous amount wrong in Phoenixin 2020, the defeat really must have hurt. There is no doubt the next win is around the corner, but it may come when Tony has a cushion lead or from off the pace. He must be opposed for the time being on Sunday’s. Tony's Golf Betting Club Presssure Performance Rating is set at 1 stars.
Capable of putting a run of strong weeks together as shown in early 2020 when starting the season 5-14-6-2. Also put together a run of 5-14-8-11 towards the end of 2020.
Tony has an excellent record at the BMW Championship, having finished inside the top 10 on his last four starts.
Avoid when playing here
Tony has a surprisingly poor record at TPC Southwind, home of the WGC FedEx. He finished 65th out of 78 in 2020, 27th in 2019 and missed the cut there in 2018 when the course held a regular PGA Tour event.
Major and WGC Analysis
Tony has become one of the top performers at majors in recent years and can be expected to win multiple majors if he improves his conversion rate. In 2018 he registered 3 out of 4 Top 10’s and in 2019 2 out of 4 Top 5’s. Before 2018, his only major Top 10 was at the 2015 PGA Championship. He was also 4th at the PGA in 2020.
He was 10th in 2018 and 5th in 2019 at the Masters in his first two appearances. The strengths of his powerful long game really suit the test and it's not unimaginable he'll don a Green Jacket in the future.
Never finished outside the Top 30 at the Open Championship in four starts, including 9th in 2018 and 3rd in 2019. Appears to have the links qualities to contend here again also.
Tony has a best finish of 5th at the 2018 US Open and also has an 8th place finish in 2020.
Tony did not make a Top 20 finish at WGC’s in 2019 and 2020, however was 2nd in 2018 and 11th in 2017 at the WGC- HSBC Champions. This will be his best chance of landing a WGC.
1-3. Tony lost most recent playoff to Max Homa at Genesis Invitational in 2021. In 2020, lost to Webb Simpson who birdied the 1st extra hole at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Two years before in 2018 he lost the playoff of the WGC- HSBC Champions to Xander Schauffele in the same circumstances.
Finau’s only PGA Tour win was the result of a playoff victory over Steve Marino in 2016 to win the Puerto Rico Open. Given the pressure Tony has to win at the moment, we would back against him in a playoff currently..
US Open, 2020
Q. What are your expectations for the new PGA TOUR season?
TONY FINAU: Yeah, I mean, I have high hopes I feel like for this upcoming season. I'm playing some good golf and I have been playing some solid, consistent golf. I think I've learned a lot about myself through my first six seasons on TOUR. My favourite number is seven. I'm just starting my seventh season on TOUR. This is my first event. Maybe that's going to bring me some fortune during the season.