Tony Finau dominated the late summer months in 2022. He first triumphed at the 3M Open and won the next week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
He’s since won two more times in the 2022-23 season at the Cadence Bank Houston Open and Mexico Open at Vidanta.
Finau has never missed the cut in four trips to TPC Twin Cities. He posted T-23rd in 2019 and contended all the way to the end in 2020 with four rounds in the 60s to take T-3rd.
You know you’ve got a tournament figured out when a T-28th like Finau had in 2021 is your worst result.
He dialed it back in last year to card 67-68-65-67 to win by three over Emiliano Grillo and Sungjae Im.
Despite finishing 42nd in strokes gained putting, Finau still rolled to victory thanks to an elite ball striking week. He led the field in SG tee-to-green (4.16), was second in SG around-the-green (.97), third in SG approach (1.29), and third in SG off-the-tee (1.37).
"“It was soft and it was long and I don’t mind that,” Finau was transcribed in 2019 by Tee Scripts. “There’s some beast of holes out there and this is a beast of a golf course. Fairways aren’t playing firm, so some of those 500-yard holes you’re hitting into the wind today and mid irons in there, 5-irons, 6-irons, 7-irons. So not really the clubs I’m used to hitting in on par 4s, but I did like the look of it when I first saw it.”"
Finau is coming to the right place to shake off a couple missed cuts in his last two starts.
The 33-year-old can use his length to his advantage. He’s just outside the top 50 on the PGA Tour in driving distance, but that’s partially because he leaves some ammunition in the reserve on most swings.
Finau ranks 11th in total SG per round (1.498). He’s sixth off-the-tee (1.482) and seventh on approach (.816).
You’ve got to go low this week. The American is 16th in birdie or better percentage (34.09%).