First Appearance Qualifying win: Puerto Rico Open
American Tony Finau will be making his first appearance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, earning his way into the field via his win at the Puerto Rico Open.
Finau has Tongan and Samoan ancestry, and his Polynesian roots has helped him feel a connection to the Hawaiian fans in the past, as he has played in two Sony Opens in Hawaii.
Finau’s win at the Puerto Rico Open didn’t come easy, as he needed to make birdie on the third playoff hole to defeat Steve Marino. But in the end, the 26 year old claimed his first PGA TOUR victory and a ticket to Kapalua.
"I think I'm still a little bit overwhelmed," Finau said after his win. "It probably hasn't all sunk in."