El Camaleon isn’t a tailor-made venue for bombers like Tony Finau, but he’s still found some success.
The American has made four of six cuts at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. He peaked in his 2014 debut with T-7th (65-72-70-65) and nearly matched it in 2020 with T-8th (67-66-69-67).
Last year, he finished T-45th (67-69-70-70). Finau’s last eight rounds at El Camaleon have been under par.
"“I think anytime you have length, you have a little bit of an advantage on any golf course,” Finau was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2021, “but on this golf course you don’t have to have length, it’s not a long golf course, but you have to hit it in the fairway. I just seem to have the right combo for this golf course…”"
This will be Finau’s first start of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. We last saw him at the Presidents Cup, where he went 3-1-0 to help the Americans to victory.
It was a continuation of the best year of Finau’s career. The 33-year-old earned back-to-back wins at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic and nearly won again when he earned T-5th at the FedEx-St. Jude Championship.
The big guy’s also got runner-up finishes at the Mexico Open at Vidanta and at the RBC Canadian Open.
Finau ranked 10th on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.499) and was fifth in SG tee to green (1.408). He was above average in all SG categories.
As he mentioned, there’s some thick rough at El Camaleon. Fortunately, he was eighth in proximity from the rough (41’9”).