[PHOTO: Douglas P. DeFelice]
In the wake of Jon Rahm’s defection last week to LIV Golf, speculation had turned to other tour pros who might be next in jumping to the upstart circuit.
Among those frequently mentioned in the whispers in recent days was one of the most popular players on the PGA Tour, Tony Finau, who hardly dispelled the notion when he gave a tentative “I have nothing to say right now” answer to the question while competing last week at Grant Thornton Invitational.
But now Finau does have something to say, and for the first time in a while it was good news for fans of the PGA Tour. The six-time tour winner announced he was staying put, making his intentions clear with an Instagram post that concluded with: “I’m excited for 2024 and looking forward to playing my 10th season on the PGA Tour! And stoked to be defending in both Mexico and Houston!”
His closing line: “See y’all in Maui! #imnotleaving”
That would be at The Sentry in the first week of January, where the invited field will play in the first of eight signature events in the PGA Tour season.
Finau is coming off a 2023 season in which he won twice while earning $US5.8 million in 24 starts and reaching the Tour Championship for the seventh year in a row. Finau has four wins in the past two seasons and $US11.9 million in earnings over that span.
“As this year comes to an end,” Finau said, “I’m grateful to play the game that I love and to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level.”