Tony Finau’s made four of five cuts in his career at The American Express and in three of the last four years.
He peaked in 2021 when he posted 4-under 68 at the Stadium course and 6-under 66 at the Nicklaus course at PGA West to comfortably make the cut in a year when La Quinta was excluded due to COVID-19.
Finau played Stadium in 67-68 over the weekend to finish solo fourth and four shots off the lead.
“It’s a golf course that fits someone that hits it far,” Finau was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2021.
"“I can reach all the par-5s on the Stadium. As we know in this game it’s going to come down to scoring and come down to putting, especially on this type of golf course. I don’t think you’re going to hit too many balls out of bounds — you might hit some in the water — but ultimately the game comes down to who is going to make the most putts on the weekend and hopefully that’s going to be me.”"
Finau took T-40th last year.
The 33-year-old is playing the best golf of his life in recent years. He’s always been consistent, but the wins are coming at a fairly consistent rate now.
After notching a win in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season and two in 2021-22, he’s already picked one off in 2022-23. Finau ran away for a four-shot win in November at the Cadence Bank Houston Open.
He finished middle of the pack in seventh place at the exhibition Hero World Challenge and was on the top fourth of the leaderboard at the Sentry Tournament of Champions a couple weeks ago.
Last season, Finau ranked 15th in strokes gained off the tee per round (.543). He was only 40th in driving distance (308.0), but that’s with leaving a lot of power in reserve.
He can bomb it around all three courses and use his length to his advantage.