Tony Finau Caddies For His Children Hours After Mexico Open Win

The new World No.11 demonstrated his commitment to his family after his sixth PGA Tour win

Tony Finau takes a shot during the 2023 Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta
Tony Finau caddied for his children hours after winning the Mexico Open
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For most players, holding off the challenge of World No.1 Jon Rahm to claim victory in a PGA Tour event would be enough to leave them physically and emotionally drained.

However, that was clearly not the case for new Mexico Open champion Tony Finau following his sixth PGA Tour win at Vidanta Vallarta, which he claimed by three shots over the Spaniard. Just four hours after Finau won $1.386m, he was on the resort’s par 3 course, this time on caddying duties for his children.

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Finau’s commitment to his family was most clearly demonstrated in episode six of the Netflix docu-series Full Swing, Don’t Get Bitter, Get Better. The series showed the American spending time with his family and his unhappiness at missing son Jraice’s appearance in the Junior Worlds because he was playing in the 150th Open at St Andrews.

Finau’s priorities were also made clear when, explaining the importance of his family, he said: “My career means a lot to me, and at times I think we can mistake that it means everything.”

On his children specifically, Finau also said: "My kids, they see the work that dad puts in, and it means everything that my kids can watch me not only fail but to win as well. And that's what it takes to be a champion."

Following Finau’s win, he also explained how important it was having his family with him at the tournament. He said: “We love this place. After coming here last year, we knew it was a place that our family really enjoyed and it was a golf course that I really liked.

"This is a very special win for me, very special to have my family here. Again, it's just such a cool resort, and amazing hospitality. We felt nothing but love being here and so it just makes it extremely special that I can win here. And I think I've mentioned this before, hopefully our family, this is a place that our family comes back to for many years."

While Finau clearly didn't rest for long after a victory that moved him up five places in the world rankings to World No.11, he doesn’t have long to recover until he's in action again. Finau is in the field for this week’s designated event, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Mike Hall
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 


He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 


Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 


Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.