Masters 2019: 5 things to know about Tony Finau

April 14, 2019

After shooting an eight-under 64 during Saturday’s third round at Augusta National, Tony Finau finds himself in the final group on Sunday at the Masters alongside Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari. At 11 under, Finau is tied with the 14-time major champion Woods and just two shots back of the leader, Molinari, at 13 under.

With the trio scheduled to tee off at 9:20 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, here are five things you need to know about the 29-year-old Finau.

Tony Finau is just two shots off the lead heading into Sunday's final round at the Masters
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1. He made headlines at last year’s Masters…

After making a hole-in-one during last year’s Masters Par-3 Contest, Finau dislocated his ankle while running down the fairway and celebrating his ace. If you haven’t seen it before, watch at your own risk. It ain’t a pretty sight. He was still, however, able to finish T10 at the last year’s Masters despite the horrific injury.

2. He has only one professional win

The Salt Lake City, Utah, native has only one PGA Tour win on his professional resume: the Puerto Rico Open in 2016. He has not won an event since then, so a win on Sunday at the Masters would be well overdue for Finau.

3. He’s sniffed contention at majors before

His best finish at a major came at last year’s U.S. Open, where Finau finished 5th. His best result at the Open Championship came last year as well with a T9 finish, while a T10 placement at the 2015 PGA Championship has been his best so far in that major event.

4. Finau turned pro at a young age

Finau turned pro in 2007 at the age of 17, and he previously played on the Tour and PGA Tour Canada. Before deciding to turn pro, Finau was offered a number of scholarships to play college basketball. Basketball runs through his family, as he is cousins with NBA player Jabari Parker.

5. He’s a top-20 player in the World

5. While he may go by Tony, it’s not Finau’s name by birth. Finau’s official name is Milton Pouha Finau, and the No. 15 player in the world was the first golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent to join the PGA Tour.

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