The time Tony Finau hung Tiger Woods out to dry
This year’s 43rd Memorial Tournament provided us with another great Tiger Woods story. On a weekday before the tourney started, Tony found himself on the putting green, on the other side of Tiger Woods & Vijay Singh. Tony began to notice a multitude of fans lining up to get autographs, in-turn, he planned his escape route. Tony putted on the practice green for about 20 minutes, once he saw Tiger acknowledging fans off the green, he walked off evading the attention of everyone but Tiger. After signing autographs, Woods caught Finau eating his lunch and called him out. “You’re an (a**hole),” Tiger said with a smirk. Not many guys in the PGA would choose lunch over signing autographs with Tiger Woods; Tony Finau is one of the few.
Tony Finau’s Career
Tony began his golfing career in Salt Lake City. In 2006, Finau won the Utah State Amateur Championship in a 36-hole championship. At the age of 17, turning down basketball scholarships, Finau turned pro. Before gaining eligibility for the Web.com Tour, Finau participated in the Gateway Tour, NGA Hooters Tour, National Pro Tour, PGA Tour Canada, while appearing on Golf Channel’s The Big Break, and Big Break Disney Golf.
Winning his first title on August 14’ at the Stoneware Classic, Finau was able to finish 12th in the Web.com Tour Finals. This allowed Finau to earn his PGA Tour card for the upcoming season. It was not until the following season, Finau conquered his first title at The Puerto Rico Open in 2016 winning in a playoff against Steve Marino. Although he has not won his second tournament, Finau’s break out year is upon us. This year he’s earned over $3 million, placed top-10 six times, peaking at 31st in official golf world rankings,11th in FedEx Cup, and currently ranks third in driving distance at 315.3 yards.
First of its Kind
Being of Samoan and Tongan descent, Tony Finau is the first PGA golfer to possess such a background. Tony is not the only golf Finau with golf potential. Tony’s brother at the age of 16 made the cut at the Utah Energy Solutions Championship. Continuing the tone of family athletes; Tony is the cousin of Duke standout, current NBA Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker.
The Tony Finau Foundation started back in 2015. Tony pledged to empower the youth and their families in their local community through the education of golf.