Tony Finau Wins Northern Trust
There’s nothing quite like ending a 5-year-long drought. Just ask American pro-golfer Tony Finau, who on Monday afternoon did exactly that when against the backdrop of a true Manhattan homecoming, he played his way to a Northern Trust victory.
Finau’s victory meant more than a win at golf. His came during a rain-delayed FedEx Cup playoffs start that saw more than one player sit out the day before for fear of getting wet as Hurricane Henri made its way across the eastern seaboard – and his came after a drought that had him answering embarrassing questions from friends and from the press for all of one hundred and forty two unsuccessful starts on the PGA Tour.
The Come-Back Kid
To be exact, the American’s drought spanned 39 top tens and 8-runner-up results since he last tasted victory: a solitary win when he beat the pack at the Puerto Rico Open back in 2016.
Even so, let it not be said that Finau failed to end his dry run with a bang. Hungry for a win, his help came in the persona of world No. 1 Jon Rahm, who after a two-shot lead at the turn, bleeped a bogey during the final round before settling for par on the 16th hole – and ultimately a third-place finish for his efforts.
There was also Aussie Cameron Smith to contend with. The Australian beautified the lawn with two straight birdies, all of which set the stage for a 25-foot put on the final hole. He however missed and had to settle for a shot-67 instead of a win, leaving Finau to correct a wrong and finish atop the standings.
Chasing Down The Best
Now that Finau is trending at No. 6 in the Ryder Cup Standings, it’s unthinkable that U.S. captain Steve Stricker would leave him off the team. And while that will be something worth celebrating all on its own, to the champion American, what will go down as one for the golden memory box will have been successfully chasing down the best player in the world while turning in a 30 on the back-nine of a playoff event.
Other big finishers on Monday included Keith Mitchell, Corey Conners, and Mackenzie Hughes, with both Canadians having successfully qualified for the BMW Championship.
More BMW Championship qualifiers include Erik van Rooyen, Harry Higgs, Alex Noren, and Harold Varner III