Third place in The 148th Open continued a fine sequence in the majors for Finau. Three top-10 finishes in 2018, including a tie for ninth at The Open, were followed by a share of fifth in the 2019 Masters before Finau improved on that placing at Royal Portrush.
He has only one PGA Tour win to his name, but was given wildcards into the 2018 Ryder Cup and 2019 Presidents Cup teams having continually challenged for honours on the PGA Tour. In Paris he won the opening fourball match alongside Brooks Koepka against Justin Rose and Jon Rahm, and in the singles defeated the previously unbeaten Tommy Fleetwood 6&4.
Finau is remembered by many for dislocating an ankle celebrating a hole-in-one in the 2018 Masters eve-of-tournament par-three competition and immediately popping it back in himself.
He had scholarship offers in basketball, but turned professional aged 17 in 2007. He is of Tongan and American Samoan descent and, while known as Tony, his actual name is Milton Pouha Finau.
He came joint 18th in his maiden Open at Royal Troon in 2016, while in his first two majors the previous season he was 14th at the U.S. Open and 10th in the PGA Championship. Finau first represented the United States in the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004 and 2006.