Tony Finau Claims Dominant Houston Open Victory

The 33-year-old cruised to victory in Houston, as a final round 69 gave him a fourth PGA Tour title in his last 30 starts

Finau waves to the crowd with his hat in hand
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Tony Finau never looked flustered throughout the final round of the Houston Open, as he cruised to a comfortable four shot victory to secure a fifth PGA Tour title, his fourth in just 15 months.

Beginning the final day, the American held a four shot advantage over Englishman, Ben Taylor. After six holes, that lead was six and, just a few holes later, with thanks to birdies on the eighth and ninth, Finau held a huge eight shot lead going in to the back nine.

However, winning is never easy, especially as Finau has missed out a few times previously. With an eight shot lead though, it was always going to be harder to lose it and, despite bogeys at the 10th, 14th and 15th, he remained five shots clear of Taylor and Tyson Alexander.

Comfortably parring the par 5 16th with a wedge in hand, Finau replicated the feat on the 17th, as he headed down the 72nd hole with a four shot advantage and no more water to deal with.

Leading the field in Driving Accuracy for the week, it was business as usual on the 18th, with his tee shot splitting the fairway and, when he found the green safely with his approach, the title was all but his. Striking his birdie putt, it finished millimetres short of the cup. Tapping in for a par, he secured yet another PGA Tour title and moves into the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x