Winner’s Circle: Tony Finau Claims Victory at The Northern Trust

Tony Finau Wins The 2021 Northern Trust
Tony Finau poses with the trophy after winning THE NORTHERN TRUST in a playoff at Liberty National Golf Club on Aug 23, 2021 in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Stacy Revere via Getty Images)

Tony Finau shot a 65 on Monday at Liberty National, and then beat Cameron Smith on the first sudden-death playoff hole to claim victory at The 2021 Northern Trust.

Smith, who came up short on a 23-foot birdie putt to win in regulation, ended any potential overtime drama by hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the first extra hole (No. 18). With the pressure reduced, and victory all but assured, Finau hit a perfect approach, and then two putted for par to clinch his second career title, and first in over five years.

On the day, Finau carded just one bogey against five birdies, and a highlight-reel eagle, to reach 20 under par for the tournament.

With the win, the 31-year-old Utah native earned $1,710,000 and 2,000 FedExCup points. He will enter this week’s BMW Championship holding the No. 1 spot in the points standings.


Winner’s Circle: The 2021 Northern Trust

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Finau Pro-File

Tony Finau Wins The 2021 Northern Trust
Tony Finau reacts after making a putt on the 18th green during the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National Golf Club on Aug 23, 2021 in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Sarah Stier via Getty Images)

Name: Tony Finau
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 200 lb
Birthdate: Sept. 14, 1989 (age 31)
Native: Salt Lake City, Utah
Residence: Lehi, Utah
College: None
Family: Married, 2 Children
Turned Pro: 2007
PGA Tour Rookie: 2014-15
Best World Rank: 9 (12/2/18)
Equipment: PING


Leaderboard: Top 10

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Tony Finau -20 (-6)
2. Cameron Smith -20 (-4)
3. Jon Rahm -18 (-2)
4. Alex Noren -15 (-5)
4. Tom Hoge -15 (-2)
4. Justin Thomas -15 (-1)
7. Erik van Rooyen -14 (+1)
8. Kevin Na -13 (-3)
8. Keith Mitchell -13 (-2)
8. Corey Conners -13 (-1)


Early Rounds at Liberty National

Jon Rahm The Northern Trust Round 3
Jon Rahm tees off on the 2nd hole during round 3 of The Northern Trust on Aug 21, 2021 at Liberty National GC in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Rich Gra essle / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ROUND 1

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 1)
1. Justin Thomas -8 (63)
1. Jon Rahm -8 (63)
4. Tony Finau -4 (67)

ROUND 2

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. Jon Rahm -12 (-4)
2. Tony Finau -11 (-7)

ROUND 3

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Cameron Smith -16 (-11)
1. Jon Rahm -16 (-4)
4. Tony Finau -14 (-3)


Finau’s Winning Numbers

Tony Finau Wins The 2021 Northern Trust
Tony Finau plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National Golf Club on Aug 23, 2021 in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Stacy Revere via Getty Images)
Topline Stats:

Driving: 313.4 yards (5th)
Fairways: 78.57% (44/56) (T6)
Greens: 80.56% (58/72) (2nd)
Putts/GIR: 1.638 (T19)

Strokes Gained:

Off the Tee: 4.655 (6th)
Approach the Green: 5.025 (13th)
Around the Green: 1.127 (30th)
Putting: 3.987 (16th)
Tee to Green: 10.807 (2nd)
Total: 10.807 (2nd)


Finau’s 2021 Season

Starts: 25
Cuts Made: 20
Wins: 1 (Northern Trust)
Additional Top 10: 7
Earnings: $5,573,847 (10th)
FedExCup Pts: 3,348 (1st)
World Rank Before/After: 22/13


WITB: Tony Finau

Tony Finau Wins The 2021 Northern Trust
Tony Finau plays his shot from the 5th tee during the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National Golf Club on Aug 23, 2021 in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Sarah Stier via Getty Images)

Tony Finau is a PING Tour player who plays (mostly) a full PING bag, including driver, 3-wood, irons, wedges and putter.

Driver: PING G425 LST (9˚)
3-Wood: PING G400 Stretch (13˚)
Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3)
Irons: PING Blueprint (4-PW)
Gap: PING Glide Forged (50˚)
Sand: PING Glide Forged (56˚)
Lob: Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60˚)
Putter: PING PLD Anser 2 Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Source: GolfWRX


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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