Weekly Recap: For Finau, The Time is Now

Weekly Recap: For Finau, The Time is Now

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It's hard to say that Tony Finau picked the perfect time to win. After all, when you've gone forever without winning, any time would be right.

Finau ended the most famous and agonizing winless streak on the PGA Tour, capturing The Northern Trust playoff event in a one-hole playoff with Cameron Smith on Monday at Liberty National.  


It took the 31-year-old Finau more than five years and 143 starts to finally win for the second time. Plus one extra day. Plus one extra hole.

The first leg of the three-event FedExCup Playoffs was pushed to a Monday finish because of Hurricane Henri, then was pushed to a 73rd hole when Smith birdied the 16th and 17th to catch Finau at 20-under. Smith's playoff drive was so wayward it may have left the Liberty National grounds, and that was that.

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Finau – one of the elite golfers in the world except for the fact that, you know, he couldn't win – played the final seven holes in six-under-par, overtaking world No. 1 Jon Rahm in the process.

He had not won since the woeful opposite-field Puerto Rico Open in 2016, yet he had come close oh-so-many times. Finau has had eight Tour runners-up, including three this year, since that victory. It's hard to believe that one of the world's best golfers was becoming a punchline, but that was the case.

It's no secret that putting had

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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