CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama are among the favorites entering this week’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club, and are among the favorites whenever they tee it up. But there is another young star flying under the radar who could surprise this week.
Tony Finau, No. 61 in the world rankings, finished 10th in his first PGA Championship back in 2015, and he’s ready to better that this year. As the summer months start to fade and the fall peeks its head out of the clouds, some players start to feel a little fatigued. Finau, however, is just ready to compete.
“Definitely more excited than fatigued,” Finau said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Omnisport. “That’s not to say I’m not fatigued, but I’m definitely very excited. When you have an opportunity like this, you just prepare and get ready for it. There will be no shortage of adrenaline and excitement for me.”
Finau, 27, turned pro in 2007, and has steadily risen through the ranks to become one of the longest and most dangerous players on Tour. He earned his first PGA Tour victory last year at the Puerto Rico Open, and he has been a consistent top-10 threat throughout the last three seasons.
Finau may not yet have the same glowing resume as some other young stars, but he’s worried only about his own game right now. He doesn’t want to concern himself with what others are accomplishing.
“Definitely more motivation [watching others win majors],” Finau said. “I’ve never really been one to be super antsy or anxious. I feel like I’ve done some good things in my short career. I had a different path, and my game is progressing, which is what it’s all about. It’s about getting better. If I start comparing myself to all these guys who are winning then I’m thinking about the wrong thing and I haven’t used the experience that I’ve had.”
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