Michael Thompson’s emotional victory at the 3M Open proved that nice guys can still finish first on the PGA Tour. Just not nice guys named Tony Finau.
Unfortunately for the affable Finau, it was another frustrating high finish without a win. And if it seems like he’s had a lot of those lately, that’s because he has.
As CBS pointed out during the TV broadcast, thanks to a closing birdie that vaulted him up to T-3, the 30-year-old now has 30 top-10 finishes since his lone PGA Tour title at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. And as 15th Club’s Justin Ray noted, that ties a tour mark – one Finau has plenty of time to break this season.
Most top-10s without a win on PGA Tour – 4-year spans since 2000
2011-14 Furyk, 30
2015-18 Kuchar, 30
2017-20 Finau, 30
2003-06 Jerry Kelly, 27
2003-06 Chris DiMarco, 27
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 27, 2020
As frustrating as racking up so many near-misses must be, Finau has certainly handled it well. He is even getting a kick out of a Sam Harrop song parody about his lack of wins.
And if Finau is looking for a positive, of those other four players, only DiMarco never won again on the PGA Tour (although he did win on the European Tour). Of course, another positive is that Finau has banked more than $US15 million during that span. So, yeah, all things considered he’s doing pretty well for himself.