With his victory at the Northern Trust, Tony Finau ends a five-year wait for his second PGA Tour title.
Tony Finau has won his second PGA Tour championship, five years after winning his first.
Tony Finau won the Northern Trust in the first FedEx Cup play-off tournament at Liberty National, bringing him back to the winner’s circle for the first time in over five years.
Finau won in a play-off after defeating Australian Cameron Smith in a one-hole shootout after the two players matched for first place at 20-under par for the tournament.
The 31-year-second old’s career victory came a day later than expected, when the event was forced to be prolonged for an extra 24 hours on Sunday owing to bad weather.
Finau jumped into contention after a solid opening three days, thanks to a fantastic back nine that saw him score five-under after the turn.
As a result, the American made birdies on the 12th, 14th, and 16th holes, as well as a spectacular eagle on the par five 15th, to finish with a six-under-par 65 and go to the top of the leaderboard.
After a final-day four-under 67 that included six birdies, two of which came in his final three holes to ensure a play-off, Finau would be joined by an in-form Smith in a tie for the lead.
Many have questioned the 31-year-ability old’s to close out tournaments at the key moment since his last victory at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. He has 10 second-place finishes, three of which went to a play-off hole.
Finau, on the other hand, proved his naysayers wrong this time, shooting a par on the 18th after Smith’s out-of-bounds tee shot, completing his 142-event wait for a second Tour victory.
Despite winning, it didn’t always appear that Finau would take the first FedEx Cup play-off tournament of the year as world number one Jon Rahm dominated the event in New Jersey for the whole week.
Even after a slow start to his fourth round, Rahm managed to claw his way back to the top of the leaderboard with four birdies midway through his round at six, eight, twelve, and thirteen to put himself back in contention at 20-under with five holes to play.
Despite this, the Spaniard made a painful bogey on the fifth hole.