20 Things You Didn’t Know About Tony Finau

Get to know multiple PGA Tour winner Tony Finau a little better...

Tony Finau hits an iron shot
(Image credit: Getty Images)
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Header Cell - Column 0 Header Cell - Column 1
Full nameMilton Pouha Finau
Date of birthSeptember 14 1989
BornSalt Lake City, Utah
ResidesScottsdale, Arizona
SpouseAlayna Galea
Turned pro2007
PGA Tour wins5
Career high world ranking9th
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
CaddieMark Urbanek
SponsorsPing, Nike, Aptive Environmental, Qualtrics

Tony Finau finally ended his five-and-a-half year winning drought in August 2021 at The Northern Trust and he has gone on to win three more times since then to take his PGA Tour trophy tally to five.

The long-hitting American is one of the most gifted players in the game and one of the most likeable, too. 

Get to know him better with these 20 facts...

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

2. His real name is Milton Pouha Finau.

3. He is married to Alayna Galea’i-Finau and they have four children together called Jraice, Leilene Aiaga, Tony, and Sage.

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. He shot 59 at Silverleaf Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona in November 2021, playing a casual round with Jon Rahm. He came home in 28, finishing with eight consecutive birdies. He didn't even break the course record - he tied it, as Rahm had also previously shot 59. Finau also broke 60 at Victory Ranch Golf Club in Utah in July 2020.

8. Tony grew up with six siblings, including older brother Gipper who has played on the Web.com Tour - now known as the Korn Ferry Tour.

9. 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.

10. 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."

11. His best result in a Major championship came at Royal Portrush in 2019, where he finished 3rd in the Open Championship.

12. Finau, made his Ryder Cup 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 last played for the Boston Celtics.

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.

18. He practiced golf in his garage as a child, using a mattress as a make-shift golf net. He once claimed he hit around 1,000 balls a day.

19. He won in back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour in 2022, triumphing at both the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic within seven days at the end of July for his third and fourth PGA Tour titles.

20. He has won over $33m on the PGA Tour.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22

With contributions from