Tony Finau ought to be brimming with confidence. Yes, the field at the Mexico Open at Vidanta was paltry, but he deserves due credit for going toe-to-toe with world No. 1 Jon Rahm in the final group on Sunday and winning. Comfortably.
After finishing in second behind Rahm in Mexico in 2022, Finau shot 65-64-65-66 to pull the reversal to beat Rahm by three and the rest of the field by five or more.
His win was in the midst of a current streak of 11 made cuts in stroke play events. That streak began with a win at the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open.
Since July, Finau has won four times on the PGA Tour.
It would’ve been hard to imagine that when he couldn’t buy a win in the late 2010s/early 2020s. The next hurdle for Finau to clear is letting his talent show at the majors.
On the bright side at this year’s Masters, the 33-year-old’s T-26th finish was his fourth made cut in the last five majors. On the downside, he’s still yet to truly have a chance to win one of golf’s big four events late on a Sunday.
His Wikipedia page does have a fair amount of yellow on it with nine top-10s in 27 starts. That’s a pretty solid rate!
Finau ranks third on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (2.171), trailing only Rahm (2.2625) and Scottie Scheffler (2.311). Only four players are gaining more than two strokes per round this season.
A big reason for that is Finau is numero uno in SG approach (1.108).
I see Finau becoming one of the guys the gallery rallies around as he’s in contention in the final round.