The first Tongan-Samoan to become a PGA Tour player. Growing up Tony had very little in material things. Tony learned golf in a make-shift garage driving range where his Dad hung a mattress on the back wall and Tony beat balls he had found into it. Tony worked, as one of his many “make money” jobs, at a nearby course and was given hand-me-down clubs by members. Tony’s Mom & Dad taught and instilled deep personal values & beliefs. These included: believe in yourself, do the right things, work hard, build a foundation for success, and never give up – keep trying, keep trying & keep trying, and you’ll get there. Values, hard work and believing in yourself serves at the core of Tony’s life skills.
Tony competed in the PGA Tour Q-School 7 times before making it in 2014. Tony said when you have $5 in your pocket and you are playing “money games” for high stakes – and if you lose, you are in BIG trouble – that’s pressure!!!! You need some luck, but hard work is core to important life skills like gaining mental strength (confidence) & believing in yourself – especially under pressure.
In 2009 Tony & his brother (Gipper) were selected to compete in the Golf Channel’s “The Big Break” in which he finished second and achieved significant TV recognition. Once realizing he was going to be on the PGA Tour routinely, Tony said he knew he had to beat most of them all out there to stay on tour. That’s motivation.
Tony was asked the question “Tony, what mulligans would you like to have back (take another attempt without a penalty) in your life so far?” Tony said “None. I learned from all my mistakes – big or small. Learning from everything is a priceless gift toward gaining inner strength.”
See Feherty (Golf Channel) featuring Tony Finau for details and insights on this amazingly talented golfer with his deep values and inside thankfulness.
Reported recently Tony purchased a new home and gave it to his parents. The act was a thank you to them for their dedicated support and helping Tony achieve – especially the values and teaching him to believe in himself.