As COVID-19 cases spike throughout the country, Tony Finau, one of golf’s biggest stars, is the latest to be afflicted with the coronavirus.
Tony Finau, who was last seen at the US Open finishing in a tie for 8th, withdrew from this weekend’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after testing positive for COVID-19. Finau tweeted out a statement this afternoon:
Meanwhile, the PGA Tour released their own statement:
After a shaky start where multiple players and caddies tested positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour deftly navigated two majors and their playoffs with minimal hiccups. As the rest of the United States has experienced the 2nd wave, so has the golfing world; Scottie Scheffler was the first player in 5 weeks to test positive when he withdrew from the US Open last month.
Sam Horsfield withdrew shortly thereafter with another positive test, and now Finau represents the 3rd PGA Tour player to contract COVID-19 within the past month.
Sadly, one of the brightest and most marketable stars in the game is in now self-isolation. The 16th ranked player in the world, Finau was hoping to kick off his 2021 PGA Tour season at TPC Summerlin and snatch his 2nd career victory. It remains to be seen how much time he will miss while he battles COVID-19. It is currently unknown if this is part of a larger spread throughout the PGA Tour community or a one-off infection, a la Cam Newton with the New England Patriots.
Although there is never a good time to have a positive test as Finau did, he has to be a little relieved that it didn’t come a month later in the approach of the Masters or even the tune-up events at the CJ Cup and the Zozo Championship. However, it also comes as Finau is being sued for $16 million.
We at Pro Golf Now are wishing Tony Finau the best and hoping he has a speedy recovery.