Tony Finau says "I want to be a light for those around me." Photo: Stacy Revere, Getty Images
There was the cliched presumption of Tony Finau being starved for a win, having gone five years since his only previous PGA Tour victory until he won the Northern Trust on Monday. Then there is Finau’s version of being starved. And, perhaps more impressively, what he did about it.
A few hours after finishing off Cam Smith in a playoff to win the first event of these FedEx Cup playoffs outside New York City and exorcising the “Why can’t Tony Finau win?” demons that followed him for years, Finau and his team adjourned to a Ruth’s Chris restaurant to celebrate.
Finau is congratulated by Cam Smith following Finau's playoff victory at the Northern Trust. Photo: Keyur Khamar, PGA Tour via Getty Images
They were finished about 11 p.m., but Finau still felt the hum from what he had done, including a back-nine 30 that put him in position to win. Around 3 a.m., Finau was awake, having plowed through a portion of the messages – literally tho...
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