17 Things You Didn’t Know About Tony Finau

A top-ten machine, get to know American Tony Finau with these 17 facts on him.

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Tony Finau
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17 Things You Didn't Know About Tony Finau

1. Of Tongan and Samoan descent, Finau was born in Salt Lake City in Utah.

2. His real name is Milton Pouha 'Tony' Finau

3. He is a Mormon. He told Golf.com in 2016; "I’m pretty spiritual as well. I enjoy doing some church activities and doing my part in my community and my church."

Finau poses with the trophy after winning the 2016 Puerto Rico Open (Getty Images)

4. He is married to Alayna Galea’i-Finau (opens in new tab) and they have four children together called Jraice, Leilene Aiaga, Tony, and Sage.

5. His first PGA Tour win to date came at the Puerto Rico Open in 2016 where he beat Steve Marino in a playoff.

6. He would have to wait five years and 142 starts to pick up his second PGA Tour title at the 2021 Northern Trust at Liberty National.

7. Finau's father Kelepi worked graveyard shifts for Delta and as a result didn't have a lot of money. So when his children showed interest in golf, he decided to buy used equipment and also built a make-shift practice centre out of the garage.

8. Finau was sceptical about playing golf for a living because it wasn't a huge part of Polynesian culture. He once told ESPN, “Golf in the Polynesian culture was just so out of the zone. Nobody plays golf. Everybody thought only girls or old rich white men play that sport.”

9. Tony grew up with six siblings, including older brother Gipper who has played on the Web.com Tour.

10. His mother Ravena is widely accredited with pushing Tony to making a living out of golf. Sadly she died in a car accident in 2011.

Finau played in the 2004 and 2006 Junior Ryder Cups. (He is pictured at the back here) (Getty Images)

11. His best Major year came in 2018 where he had a tied 10th at the Masters, a fifth at the US Open, a tied 9th at The Open Championship, and a tied 42nd at the PGA Championship.

12. Finau, made his Ryder Cup (opens in new tab) debut in 2018, and had also played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004 and 2006 for the United States. He was on the losing side every time.

13. He made his second Ryder Cup appearance for Team USA in 2021 at Whistling Straits. He was on the winning side and produced one point from three matches.

14. His first sport was fire-knife dancing, a Samoan ritual.

15. He is the cousin of NBA Basketball player Jabari Parker, who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.

16. His coach is Boyd Summerhays, former PGA Tour pro and older brother of Daniel Summerhays, who won over $8.9m on the PGA Tour.

17. He plays Ping golf clubs and wears Nike apparel and footwear.