Tony Finau is off to an outstanding start in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season. He made a strong Sunday charge at the Safeway Open, but fell just a bit shy at Silverado, finishing second behind eventual winner Brendan Steele. Still, it’s a great sign for Finau, who has been working towards his second PGA TOUR win, while also establishing a much greater level of consistency throughout the schedule.
The 28-year-old bomber has done just that for most of this past year. He didn’t score his second victory last season, but he did jump from two top-ten finishes in 2015-16 to eight in 2016-17. As a result, he qualified for all four FedEx Cup Playoff events, and he finished inside the top-ten at both the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship.
The goals for this season are going to be lofty – Finau will be eligible for all four majors in 2018, including his first trip to the Masters this April. Of course, that’s still six months away, and there’s plenty of golf to be played between now and then.
Finau has built an incredibly well-rounded game, and he ranked inside the top 20 on TOUR in driving distance, greens in regulation, and adjusted scoring. If he can maintain even average putting (136th in strokes gained putting last year), this could be the start of a huge year.