Tony Finau Secures Commanding Back-To-Back PGA Tour Titles

After securing the 3M Open last week, Tony Finau made it back-to-back wins as he claimed the Rocket Mortgage Classic

Finau waves to the crowd
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Beginning the final round, both Tony Finau and Taylor Pendrith were in a share of the lead as an exciting day lay ahead at Detroit Golf Club.

However, after Finau secured a third PGA Tour title at the 3M Open last week, it seemed that he was the favourite heading into the final day and, following two birdies through seven holes, it seemed that he was heading to a fourth PGA Tour title.

"Last week feels amazing as does this week," explained Finau, who moves into the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings. "I was quite disappointed with my finish last week  and all I wanted to do was show that I am a winner and champion and I feel like I did that this week.

"There's so many people behind the scenes who have gotten me to where I am today and the work has been relentless. I hope these wins are inspiring the next generation and especially my son back home. My kids see how much work their dad puts in and the sacrifices I make for them and it means everything that they can see me win and become a champion."

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After claiming his second PGA Tour title in 2021, it had been a period of 1975 days since his first PGA Tour title. In July 2022, he has picked up two titles, with the 32-year-old stretching out his advantage to two shots at the Rocket Mortgage Classic as he walked into the back nine.

Another birdie for the Ryder Cup star followed, as two birdies and a bogey to begin his back nine extended his advantage to three as others failed to build any momentum at the penultimate PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup finals.

Finau wasn't done there though, as he made his fifth birdie of the day at the par 5 14th as it almost became almost inevitable that the American would claim another title. 

Finau celebrates with his wife

Finau celebrates with his wife Alayna after his Rocket Mortgage Classic win

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He wasn't done there though, as he strengthened his lead at the top with a birdie at the 17th giving him a five shot lead going up the par 4 last. After sticking a ball in the water at the 18th hole last week, a few may have thought he would do something similar, but they couldn't have been more wrong, as he stuck a classy approach to 15-feet at the 18th.

Hitting 66 greens in regulation for the week, the 32-year-old missed his birdie chance at the 72nd hole, but a solid par was enough for yet a commanding victory as he heads into the FedEx Cup finals with some serious momentum!

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