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Tony Finau Starts Players Championship With Above Par Opening Round

Mar 10, 2023, 12:23 PM | Updated: 12:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahn and PGA Tour golfer Tony Finau opened his play at THE PLAYERS Championship with a Day 1 round above par for the course.

THE PLAYERS Championship takes place at TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The tournament runs from Thursday, March 9 to Sunday, March 12.

Finau fell back on the leaderboard throughout his first day at the event. He finished the opening day shooting one over par for a score of 73.

During his first day at TPC Sawgrass, Finau recorded five birdies, four bogeys, and one double bogey.

Tony Finau Scorecard

Round One: 73

Leaderboard

Chad Ramey (-8)

Colin Morikawa (-7)

Taylor Pendrith (-5)

Adam Svensson (-4)

Min Woo Lee (-4)

Denny McCarthy (-4)

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (-4)

Scottie Scheffler (-4)

Ben Griffin (-4)

The purse for THE PLAYERS Championship is $25 million. Last year’s winner was Cameron Smith.

Round Two takes place on Friday, March 10.

About Tony Finau

Finau was born in Salt Lake City. He turned professional in 2007.

In addition to competing on the PGA Tour, Finau has also participated in the European Tour, PGA Tour Canada, and Web.com Tour. Finau is a five-time PGA Tour champion and has finished in the top five of each of golf’s major championships.

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Finau on Netflix’s “Full Swing”

Finau recently landed on the cast for Netflix’s new documentary series on golf, “Full Swing.”

The series premiered on the streaming service on February 15.

“This immersive documentary series follows a diverse group of professional golfers — on and off the course — during a relentless season of competition,” reads Netflix’s description of the docuseries.

Finau is one of more than a dozen professional golfers that will have a spot in the series.

In a preview of the series written by PGATour.com’s Cameron Morfit, Finau discussed what it was like to be part of the show and the experience of having a television crew around him.

“They were everywhere,” Finau said. “On off-weeks, they were home with me. I felt like they did a lot of filming. I knew when I said yes that that was a possibility. So, I told my wife. She was all-in; she didn’t mind it.”

Finau added that the crew ended up spending time with him and his family in the Beehive State.

“It got to a point where it felt like they were just a fly on the wall,” Finau continued. “We got to know the crew because it was the same people. They visited Utah, we had a great old time. They ended up being people I’d call friends now. I’ve got a great relationship with some of them.”

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