Milton Pouha “Tony” Finau is an American professional golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent. During the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he competed in the 2020 United States Open Championship, which took place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020.
Out of the 144 players who competed in the 120th U.S. Open, 67 are from the U.S. including Finau. Here are 13 facts about him:
- He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA to Samoan father Kelepi Finau and Tongan mother Ravena Mele Finau, who died in a car accident in 2011.
- He is 6’4″ and weighs 200 lbs.
- He is a Mormon. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- He runs an organization called the Tony Finau Championship, which aims to empower and inspire youth and their families to discover, develop and achieve the best of their gifts and talents through the game of golf, educational funding and core family values.
- He and his wife Alayna Galea’i-Finau have four children together namely Jraice Finau, Leilene Aiaga Finau, Tony Finau and Sage Finau.
- His first sport was fire-knife dancing.
- He attended West High School in Salt Lake City. He had college scholarship offers in basketball from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Brigham Young University, a private research university in Provo, Utah owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, he chose to play golf and made his professional golf debut in 2007.
- He is first golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent to play on the PGA Tour.
- At the age of 17, he won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2006.
- He has six siblings including his younger brother Gipper Finau, who is also a professional golfer. In 2009, he and Gipper competed on “The Big Break” on the Golf Channel.
- His cousin Jabari Parker, son of Sonny Parker and Folola Finau-Parker, played for the National Basketball Association teams Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings.
- In 2013, he made seven cuts in eight starts on the PGA Tour Canada and finished T-3 at the Web.com Tour qualifying school.
- He won the Stonebrae Classic on August 3, 2014 and the Puerto Rico Open on March 27, 2016.