‘I Had Played So Beautifully All Week’ – Tony Finau Reveals the Toughest Loss of His Career

Published 08/25/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Aug 8, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational golf tournament at TPC Southwind. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


With a four-under 67 start in Round 1, Tony Finau rose through the ranks during the following rounds. In the end, he beat Cameron Smith and Jon Rahm to secure his Northern Trust title with an impressive 20-under scorecard. It was a pleasant surprise for Finau, whose last win came at the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach in 2016.

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Despite that, the 31-year-old has never stopped believing in himself. After years, his unwavering belief has bought him another PGA Tour title.

In a recent media appearance after the Northern Trust, Finau looked back at his career, highlighting one loss he thinks was the toughest on him. However, he has continued to have faith, working towards his win steadily.

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What was Tony Finau’s toughest loss yet?


According to Finau, his toughest loss came last year. “I would say the toughest loss I had was against Webb (Simpson) at the 2020 Waste Management (Open)”. 

Last year, Finau was leading at the Waste Management Open, most people assuming that he would take home the title. Round 4 ended up favoring Simpson, who birdied the last two holes. They were both tied at 17-under after 72-holes, but Finau lost in on the very first playoff hole. To this day, Finau sees it as his toughest loss.

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Aug 23, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Tony Finau hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during a playoff with Cameron Smith on the final round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

“Just because I had played so beautifully all week. I had that lead with a couple of holes to go and he birdied the last couple – birdied the playoff hole. And then only a few weeks later we have COVID and I kind of have to sit and think about that loss”. He apparently sat thinking about the game, wondering what he could have done differently to change that. Still, he admitted to having extreme belief in himself. If golf is a hard game with excellent players in every event, one needs to believe they can beat them. Otherwise, per Finau, it is only an ‘uphill battle.’

That’s the reason Finau continues to have faith in himself and his team. “I haven’t had the wins to maybe have that type of confidence and belief, but you just have to. I have to believe I can go out there and beat JT (Justin Thomas) today and I can beat Jon Rahm. I have to believe that and I did. I continued to do that and that’s the only reason why I’m sitting here today as a champion”. 

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We will see Finau in action at the BMW Championship next.

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