Across from the New York City skyline, Tony Finau celebrated his first PGA Tour victory in five years. The 31-year-old outdueled Cameron Smith in a playoff to win The Northern Trust, the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
With Sunday’s final round at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, postponed due to inclement weather, Finau shot a 6-under 65 on Monday. After beating Smith with a par putt on the first playoff hole, Finau finished the tournament at 20-under.
Finau’s victory was special in a number of ways. But the way he celebrated afterward was epic, even if it does give you a stomach ache reading it.
Tony Finau’s second PGA Tour victory was a long time coming
It had been nearly 2,000 days since Finau won an event on Tour. His first — and previously only — victory came in March 2016, when he won the Puerto Rico Open in a playoff.
Between that victory and this new one, his career had high finishes but no hardware to show for it.
Finau has recorded a top-five finish in all four of golf’s major championships. In fact, he has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his 22 major appearances.
The Salt Lake City native has had several close calls in regular tour events as well. Among them are three playoff losses, including earlier this year at the Genesis Invitational.
Finau celebrated his victory by eating … and then eating some more
While some players celebrate with beverages, Finau celebrated his victory with lots of food.
Following his victory, he went out to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with his caddie Mark Urbanek, manager Chris Armstrong, and instructor Boyd Summerhays, leaving the restaurant around 11 p.m.
But the steaks at Ruth’s Chris weren’t enough food, as Finau told reporters ahead of this week’s BMW Championship.
“I was still on quite a high, which was cool,” Finau said. “Then about 3:00 a.m. came around after returning some messages, talking to some family, and then Boyd and I got hungry again so we went to McDonald’s about 3:00 a.m. and got some fast food.”
Finau’s order? A Big Mac, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, 10 nuggets, large fries, and an Oreo McFlurry.
And a bottle of water as well, for good measure.
“I haven’t been into fast food like I was when I was a kid, but I felt like that was worth the price of admission at the time,” Finau said. “… I had no problem cleaning all of it up.”
Finau is hungry for his first FedEx Cup championship
After a delicious dinner and a fast-food feast, Finau is looking ahead to the next event: the BMW Championship in Baltimore, Maryland.
Finau’s victory in New Jersey propelled him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, where he holds a slight lead over second-ranked Jon Rahm. But even if Tony loses his spot atop the standings, he has all but punched his ticket to next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, the Tour’s final event of the season.
With the elusive victory in tow — and a full belly — the new No. 9 golfer in the world is ready to make a statement as one of golf’s top players.
All statistics courtesy of PGA Tour.