Tony Finau soars sky-high upon winning the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. Photo: David Berding, Getty Images
There was a time, not that long ago, when all the deservedly nice things being said about Tony Finau came with an asterisk.
Why didn’t he win?
It’s the paradoxical burden carried by various good players who consistently put themselves in contention but rarely manage to pull off victories. There’s a standing list of the best players never to have won a major championship, a compliment of sorts for the glass-half-full set. And a version of that exists in the week-to-week world of the PGA Tour.
If Finau was not Exhibit A, he was on the short list of victory-challenged players, and he knew it.
Scott Piercy’s back-nine 41 on Sunday opens the door for Finau. Photo: Stacy Revere, Getty Images
When Finau won the Northern Trust last summer, he did more than end a winless period that stretched more than five years since his victory in the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. Winning the first FedEx Cup playoff event, Fin...
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