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Tony Finau: the season so far

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: April 14, 2020, 3:49 pm ET

Age: 30

 

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 16th
2019: 16th
2018: 9th
2017: 40th
2016: 88th

 

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 34th
Events: 9
Wins: 0
Top 10: 3
Top 25: 4
Made Cut: 7
Money: $1,449,225

 

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 81st (2019: 23rd, 2018: 22nd, 2017: 4th)
Approach: 10th (2019: 38th, 2018: 20th, 2017: 39th)
Around The Green: 6th (2019: 86th, 2018: 37th, 2017: 80th)
Putting: 150th (2019: 125th, 2018: 53rd, 2017: 134th)
Tee-To-Green: 7th (2019: 21st, 2018: 13th, 2017: 11th)
Total: 10th (2019: 35th, 2018: 7th, 2017: 15th)

 

Analysis

His breakthrough victory in the 2016 Puerto Rico Open has heralded a rise in the world rankings, but is yet to reap more wins. In fact, he’s ten times been in the top three after 54 holes since that triumph without adding to it. His SG stats for this season are interesting. He’s seriously down on his gains Off the Tee, but he’s currently ranking top ten for Approach, Tee to Green and Around the Green, on track, therefore, to achieve better positions than in any of the last three seasons. His Putting effort remain poor. He lost out to Webb Simpson in a play-off at the WM Phoenix Open, but was last seen logging a disappointing 51-MC at the Genesis and Arnold Palmer Invitationals.

Grade so far: C

 

2019-20 quotes

Presidents Cup (on his approach): “Learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. That's something that I always try to preach to myself, because you're not always going to be in an area where you're comfortable, especially when you're playing this game at a high level.”

WM Phoenix Open (on accepting the pressure of a one shot lead): “If I want to accomplish the things I feel like I can accomplish I have to put those type of expectations on myself.”

WM Phoenix Open (on missing out): “I had a chance, a great chance to win this week. Unfortunately, it didn't happen, but my game's better than it's ever been. I have more confidence than I've ever had. If you know anything about me, I'll persevere through anything.”

 

THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)

The Masters: 5-10

On debut he carded a brilliant first round 68 to grab a share of second, laps of 74-73 followed, but a superb Sunday 66 landed him T10. A year later he proved his affinity for Augusta National, opening with a smart 71-70 before a Saturday 64 had him T2 again. However, his final round 72 left him T5. Somewhat surprisingly for a man whose putting is often wonky he averages 27.90 putts per round.

 

PGA Championship: 64-42-44-MC-10

His debut in 2015 was good enough, always in the top ten after a second round 66. But since then it has been something of a struggle and, other than after the first round, he has never ended a day closer then eight shots off the lead. In the other three majors he has five top tens in ten starts, but just one in five at the PGA.

 

U.S. Open: MC-5-MC-14

Pure boom or bust. Rounds of 69-68 to start at Chambers Bay in 2015 had him just two blows off the lead before he closed 74-71 for T14. Missed cuts at Oakmont and Pebble Beach followed, sandwiching T5 at Shinnecock Hills, when a third round 66 had him tied for the lead with 18 holes to play. A Sunday 72 left him T5.

 

Open Championship: 3-9-27-18

His big-hitting game might not be an obvious links fit. However, he’s backed up his fondness for the British seaside by not only making the effort to play the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship twice, but by finishing T10 both times. In 2017 at Royal Birkdale he was never in contention (but never threatened by missing the cut). But in 2016 at Royal Troon he was in the top six throughout the first 54 holes, he was T6 at halfway two years ago in Carnoustie, and he was never outside the top 12 last July at Royal Portrush.