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.

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Tony Finau
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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

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 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 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.

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

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

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.

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Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

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 is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6