One might be forgiven for assuming Finau has always had boundless confidence considering he decided to turn pro as a teenager, but in PGA Tour terms he has matured at a steady rather than spectacular pace.
Finau's amateur career
Finau had believed that college sport would be part of his future but as he was graduating, he received an offer he could not refuse. He was fronted a $50,000 stake by local businessmen to enter a made-for-TV exhibition in Las Vegas.
The early years as a pro
He earned his way onto the 2013/14 Web.com Tour by finishing tied third in the qualifying school. A consistent Finau finished eighth in the regular season and 12th at the Web.com Tour finals to earn his PGA Tour Card for the 2014/15 season.
Tony's time on Tour
In his first full season on the PGA Tour, Finau managed five top-10 finishes and earned just over $2million. He also tied for 10th place at his very first PGA Championship in 2015.
Major moments and breaking into the top 10
He held a share of the lead going into the final round of the 2018 US Open, but shot a 2-over 72 after a double bogey on the 18th to end the competition in fifth place.
Finau recorded his third straight top-10 finish at a Major when he ended in a tie for ninth at the British Open before enduring a disappointing PGA Championship, where he finished tied 42nd.
He was Jim Furyk's captain's pick for the United States team at the 2018 Ryder Cup. In his singles match against Tommy Fleetwood, he handed the in-form Englishman a 6&4 defeat, but the United States would lose the Ryder Cup by some distance.
He was in contention again at the 2019 Masters but fell away from eventual winner Tiger Woods in the final round and finished tied fifth. He went on to secure his best finish at a Major so far when finishing third at the British Open later in the year.
He suffered another playoff loss early in 2020, going down to Webb Simpson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the first extra hole. He finished tied fourth and tied eighth at the PGA Championship and US Open respectively in 2020.
Most top-10s without a win on PGA Tour - 4-year spans since 2000— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 27, 2020
2011-14 Furyk, 30
2015-18 Kuchar, 30
2017-20 Finau, 30
2003-06 Jerry Kelly, 27
2003-06 Chris DiMarco, 27
In February 2021, he endured a third playoff defeat, losing to Max Homa at the Genesis Invitational on the second extra hole.
Tony Finau's Personal Life
His father coached both him and his brother after they fell in love with the game thanks to Tiger Woods' 1997 Masters win.
Tony Finau's Net Worth
Finau is believed to have a net worth of around $12million, with his consistent top-10 finishes bagging him plenty of prize money. He has already earned more than $20million on the Tour largely due to his impressive tally of 40 top-10 finishes.