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Tony Finau biography: 13 things about Tongan-Samoan golfer from Salt Lake City, Utah


Milton Pouha “Tony” Finau is an American professional golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent. He is 6’4″ tall and his registered weight is 200 pounds.

After attending West High School in Salt Lake City, Finau had college scholarship offers in basketball from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. However, he chose to play golf.

Sonny Parker and Folola Finau-Parker‘s son Jabari Parker and Finau are cousins. Jabari played for the National Basketball Association teams Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings.


Finau, a Mormon, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has six siblings including his younger brother Gipper Finau, who is also a professional golfer.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Samoan father Kelepi Finau and Tongan mother Ravena Mele Finau, Tony is the first golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent to play on the PGA Tour and his first sport was fire-knife dancing.

A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, Tony 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. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2006, he won the Utah State Amateur Championship.
  2. In 2007, he made his professional golf debut.
  3. In 2009, he and Gipper competed on “The Big Break” on the Golf Channel.
  4. In 2011, his mother died in a car accident.
  5. In 2012, he and Alayna Galea’i-Finau got married. They have four children together namely Jraice Finau, Leilene Aiaga Finau, Tony Finau and Sage Finau.
  6. In 2013, he made seven cuts in eight starts on the PGA Tour Canada and finished T-3 at the Tour qualifying school.
  7. He won the Stonebrae Classic on August 3, 2014 and the Puerto Rico Open on March 27, 2016. In 2015, he tied for 10th in PGA Championship and tied for 14th in the U.S. Open.
  8. In 2018, he finished fifth in the U.S. open, tied for ninth in the The Open Championship and finished 10th in the Masters Tournament.
  9. In 2019, he finished third in The Open Championship and tied for fifth in Master’s Tournament.
  10. In 2020, he tied for fourth in the PGA Championship and titled for eighth in the U.S. Open.
  11. In 2021, he titled for eighth in the PGA Championship and tied for 10th in the Masters Tournament.
  12. In 2022, he tied for 28th in The Open Championship, tied for 30th in the PGA Championship and tied for 35th in Masters Tournament.
  13. He was 33 years old when he won the 2023 Mexico Open on April 30, 2023 at Vidanta Vallarta in Vallarta, Mexico.

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