Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Tony Finau of Lehi, UT, digs out of the sand in hole 2 in the Nationwide Tour, the Triple-A of the PGA Tour, as it makes its stop at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy on Thursday, July 28, 2011, for the first of four days.
Golf: Utahn Tony Finau clinches PGA Tour card
Golf » Lehi’s Finau scores first victory on Web.com Tour.
First Published Aug 03 2014 07:15 pm • Last Updated Aug 03 2014 11:01 pm

Tony Finau’s unconventional route to the PGA Tour, starting when he turned pro at age 17, culminated Sunday when he won the Web.com Tour’s Stonebrae Classic at Hayward, California.

The winner’s check of $108,000 lifted Finau to No. 8 on the money list with $238,125. He clinched a top-25 finish that will make him eligible for the 2014-15 PGA Tour schedule, beginning in October.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Finau, a graduate of West High School and a current Lehi resident, shot 67-62-63-66 for a total of 22 under par, winning by three strokes over three players who tied for second.

The 24-year-old Finau became the second Utahn to win a title in the tour’s 25-year history — and the first pro. Daniel Summerhays was a BYU golfer when he won in the summer of 2007, giving him a tour exemption that he immediately accepted.

Finau started the day with a one-stroke advantage. Making the turn, he was in a four-way tie for the lead. He jumped ahead with birdies at Nos. 10 and 11, then grabbed a two-stroke lead with a birdie at No. 15 and parred in as other contenders faded.

With some experience under pressure, "I’ve learned a lot about myself and the way I react," Finau said. "I think I was a little anxious at times. I was thinking ahead a little bit … There’s nothing you can do about the future or the past."

Finau had stood No. 24 on the money list prior to the Stonebrae Classic, thanks mostly to three top-10 finishes - including a fifth-place showing in the Utah Championship at Willow Creek Country Club in mid-July. His cuts-made streak of 11 tournaments ended the following week in Boise and he skipped last weekend’s event in Kansas, gearing up for the stretch run of the tour’s regular season.

Finau’s initial access to PGA Tour events will be determined by the order of finish in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals, beginning in late August. Another 25 cards will be earned in that series, with the season’s top 75 money-winners joining the PGA Tour’s Nos. 126-200 finishers.

With three events left in the Web.com Tour regular season, Orem native Scott Pinckney is 70th on the money list and former BYU golfer Zac Blair is 81st, having made the cut in all five of his starts.

story continues below
story continues below


Twitter: @tribkurt

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.