Tony Finau stands out amongst professional golfers. It's not just due to his skill, smile, or skin tone. He's just so damn tall! He looks like he'd be more comfortable on an NBA court than on the putting green.
And yet, Finau has become a regular on the PGA's carpet verde.
The golfer is bracing this week for another Masters at Augusta National. Two years ago, he had a shot to take it all and chased his childhood hero Tiger Woods. But this year, no Tiger is waiting in the rough.
He hopes to fly into his first Green Jacket. It would be the first Masters' trophy ever given to someone like Finau. The Tongan-Samoan-Mormon-American is a multi-hyphenated superstar.
Regardless of what happens this weekend at Augusta, Finau is already introducing the old game of golf to a new generation of fans.
It looks like he learned something from Tiger in 2019, after all.
Who is Tony Finau?
Tony Finau watched Tiger Woods become red hot at the 1997 Masters. His life was forever changed.
Tony the Teenager was so good at golf that his high school built their first golf team around him and then won state. He seemed destined to score birdies for BYU before someone offered the teen loads of cash to play professional golf.
Finau has made a living on the links since 2007, but it took him nine years to win a PGA tournament. Even though his 2016 victory remains his biggest PGA feat, Finau has been putting down scorecards low enough to limbo for years.
What Has Tony Finau Won?
Tony the Golfer has swung well at the US Open, Ryder Cup, Web.com Stonebrae Classic, Tour Championship, PGA Championship, and FedEx Cup. He hasn't won them all, but he has performed well enough to keep golf as his day job.
One near-victory in 2019 stands out above the rest as a bittersweet defeat.
Tony & Tiger
Even though Finau lost, he looks back on that Sunday fondly. Even if he should have technically been at church.
Who is Tony Finau's Wife?
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Golfer Tony Finau's wife Alayna Galea'i-Finau is a mother of four and partner to one. The family keeps a tight lid on their origin story.
Given that Alayna and Tony are both members of the Mormon faith, we can assume they had a traditional religious wedding. They used to live in their hometown of Salt Lake City but moved to Arizona in recent years.
You know what they say about Arizona - plenty of space to raise a family.
Tony Finau has a big golf swing and a large family to match. Tony's wife Alayna Finau gave birth to four children: Jraice, Leilene Aiaga, Tony Jr., and Sage Finau.
All four children plus Alayna were with Finau when he hit his hole-in-one during the Masters par-3 contest. They were also there when he dislocated his ankle celebrating immediately after, but the hole-in-one is more impressive.
But that's not even the Finau count. Tony's large family stretches to his parents and siblings. His mother Ravena (Vena) Finau, who was Tongan, tragically passed too soon. His father Kelepi Finau saved money as a baggage handler so Young Tony could get his first clubs.
Tony is one of six children. His younger brother Gipper Finau was considered a golf phenom before Tony took to the green. Gipper is an Utah State Amateur and spends time on the PGA Tour as Tony's caddie.
The Finau family, like many people in Utah, are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons. His religious beliefs inform his family life, work ethic, and philanthropic efforts.
The Tony Finau Foundation aims to support families and children through the power of golf.
Finau has amassed an estimated net worth of $10 million from golf tournaments and sponsorships.
Chances at 2021 Masters
Tongan-Samoan-American professional golfer Tony Finau will face familiar competition on the Augusta National Golf Course for this weekend's Masters Tournament. Major outlets like ESPN have Finau on the leaderboard before his first round.
He may have missed the cut at the Texas Open, but had strong showings at this year's Genesis Open and Farmers Insurance Open.
It's only been two years since Finau's competition pushed Tiger to his 2019 Green Jacket. This year, Finau's fit to try that jacket on himself.
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