Tony Finau has had one of the best season’s on the PGA Tour without winning an event after finishing runner up at this week’s The Northern Trust.
Now with three runners-up finishes this season and three separate top-10 finishes in major championships, Finau has jumped to 18th in the world ranking. Despite his great form, he’s still trying to earn his way into his first Ryder Cup team this fall.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk gets four picks after the initial eight players earned their spots earlier this month. Finau failed to qualify automatically, and with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau almost guaranteed locks to make the squad, Finau has a lot of competition for the last spot.
“If I’m in the conversation, this doesn’t hurt my chances, I don’t believe,” Finau said of making the Ryder Cup after finishing runner up Sunday at the season’s first FedEx Cup playoff event. “I had a solid week all around. My game feels good and I feel confident. Whatever his decision is, I’ll be ready to play.”
DeChambeau ultimately won this week by four strokes over Finau, who still moved inside the top four in the FedEx Cup standings. Anyone inside the top 5 in the standings heading to the Tour Championship has the opportunity to claim the FedEx Cup with a win at East Lake.
“Great position to be in and that’s where I want to be,” Finau said. “When I do win, hopefully it means a lot and maybe even a FedEx Cup, the rest of these playoffs. It was a solid start and I was pleased with the way I played today.
“Bryson was extremely tough to catch. He didn’t really open a window for us. I knew I needed to make a lot of birdies coming down the stretch, and unfortunately didn’t go my way. I hit some good putts that just didn’t go in. That’s the way it goes sometimes, and again, just proud of the way I played this week.”