American Tony Finau was the beneficiary of a wayward drive from Queenslander Cam Smith on the first hole of sudden-death at the PGA Tour’s first Playoffs event. Here is what The Northern Trust winner had in the bag.
WINNING SCORE: 20-under-par, 264.
DRIVER: PING G425 LST with 9° loft, fitted with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft.
3-WOOD: PING G400 Stretch with 13° loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX shaft.
IRONS: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3-iron) and PING Blueprint (4-iron to pitching wedge), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 105 X (3) and Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X (4-PW) shafts.
WEDGES: PING Glide Forged (50°-10° & 56°-10°) and Titleist Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60° T Grind), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 125 X (50, 56) and Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 Wedge (60) shafts.
PUTTER: PING PLD Anser 2 Prototype.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- Finau is among the longest players on Tour despite his abbreviated backswing, with the now two-time PGA Tour winner owning another gear when needed. His driver setup reflects this power, with the 9° head turned down to 7° of actual loft, while he plays a heavy, stout and low ball flight shaft to match. Finau’s clubs are fitted with quite thick grips compared to the majority of his Tour colleagues, with heavy swingweights a feature throughout his set as well. Finau averaged 313 yards off the tee in New Jersey, hitting almost 80 percent of fairways.
Finau is a stick with what works kind of golfer, his Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron evidence of this trait. The same model that Brooks Koepka regularly returns to, the hollow body driving iron dates back to Finau’s time as a Nike staff player before the brand exited the equipment manufacturing business. His G400 Stretch 3-wood also an older model that has been superseded by PING twice since its release.
- Finau, whose first win was in 2016 and was followed by numerous close calls, has occasionally struggled with short putts late in tournaments but was rock solid at Liberty National. Finau stuck solid with a Piretti putter model despite his struggles on the greens for years, but has recently followed suit of many of his fellow PING staffers by inserting one of the company’s PLD prototype putters. Finau’s measures 37 inches in length and is fitted with a Garsen grip, a brand that has regularly featured on the flatsticks of Henrik Stenson over the years.
Finau gives PING a double win weekend alongside European Tour winner Johannes Veerman, while his victory is the 26th from 37 tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2021 for Titleist golf balls.
QUOTE: "I had my greatest-month-of-golf stretch putting conventionally. I went away from it for a few months and now I'm back to it. I actually changed putter heads. I've been using this new PING putter head for, I would say, that time same, about a couple months. It's been a big part.” – Tony Finau.