Tony Finau's Ryder Cup: A Dream Come True
Tony Finau was eight years old when he first picked up a golf club. His parents were not your typical country club members. Finau's father got him his first set of clubs by collecting a mixed bag of irons, wedges, and woods from garage sales and pawn shops. His mallet putter looked like what you might see at a putt-putt course.
Needless to say, the 6-foot-4 American of Tongan and Somoan descent passed on rugby for golf.
"I didn't come from a lot," Finau said on Thursday. "But my parents sacrificed a lot for me to compete, and my goals were their goals."
With his monster frame, Finau garnered scholarship offers for basketball when he was in high school. Even though he didn't have the money for college, he turned them down, then turned pro in golf... at age 17.
It took Finau six years on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Canada before earning his spot on the PGA Tour in 2013. With just one PGA Tour win (Puerto Rico, 2015), Finau's selection to the Ryder Cup is nothing short of remarkable.
In 2018, Finau finished 10th at the Masters, 5th at the U.S. Open, and 9th at the British Open. And now, a Ryder Cup appearance alongside names like Woods, Speith, Fowler and Johnson. Oversized. Underdog.
Right on cue: Around 3:45 am this morning, Finau sunk an eagle chip to win a hole for the U.S.