After 1,975 days from the last time Tony Finau finds success and wins in Jersey City (USA), with a total of 264 (67 64 68 65, -20) strokes, the Northern Trust overcoming, with a par at the first hole of playoff, the Australian Cameron Smith (second) who had already been the protagonist in the “moving day”. Nothing for Jon Rahm to do. The Spaniard, number 1 in the world, after 14 holes of the fourth and last round without errors, makes a mistake in the final and two bogeys (at 15 and 18, on two par 4) do not allow him to go beyond the 3rd place (266 , -18).
Tony Finau, the Northern Trust
On the course of the Liberty National Golf Club (par 71), in the first event of the PGA Tour Play-Offs, Finau celebrated a feat that was expected for over five years. The 31-year-old from Salt Lake City had his first success on the top American circuit in March 2016 at the Puerto Rico Open (again after a play-off), one of the less important events of the PGA Tour.
After that, the American nearly reached the breakthrough several times, totaling 8 second places and 39 Top 10. But now the fast with success is over and Finau can rejoice. “In this period – he explained at the end of the match – I worked very hard not only on the game but also on my head. Losing is never easy and it has happened to me several times. But now I have finally won and I want to enjoy this joy”. In an event that ended one day later than assumed, with a hurricane that forced the organizers to postpone the last lap for more than 24 hours which, moreover, was played without spectators (the last time fans have not been allowed to a round of a PGA Tour tournament, for reasons other than Covid, it dates back to 2019, ZoZo Championship), Finau has made the big voice. Full booty for the American. At the second seal on the circuit in 189 starts, Finau cashed a check for $ 1,710,000 for a prize pool of 9,500,000. Not only that: this result allowed him to fly to the top of the FedEx Cup ranking for the first time in his career. And again: to enter the world Top 10 (going from 22nd to 9th position).
And now with two events remaining (BMW Championship and Tour Championship), Finau dreams of the $ 15,000,000 jackpot (to the winner, out of a total of 60) of the FedEx Cup. In an event that saw Justin Thomas, Alex Noren and Tome Hoge share 4th place with 269 (-15), ahead of Erik Van Rooyen, 7th with 270 (-14), Finau’s victory came – thanks to the second nine of the last round featuring three birdies and an eagle – in what would have been the 43rd birthday of Kobe Bryant (the tournament ended in the evening of 23 August in the USA), one of his great idols.