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Two things really stand out from this list of the best PGA Tour performances of 2022—and both involve Tony Finau

December 07, 2022
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Mike Ehrmann

The PGA Tour is filled with guys who are capable of playing consistently good golf from week to week, but there are far fewer players who possess the extra gear needed to rack up wins. After completing a career-best season, however, you can put Tony Finau in both categories.

Long hailed as a guy who always contended but never won, Finau finally notched a second PGA Tour title last August—then won three more times in 2022. The proverbial floodgates opened up. And when you look closer at the numbers, he's actually unlucky that he didn't win at least one other tournament.

Golf Digest contributor and fantasy guru Rick Gehman put together a list of the 15 best strokes gained weeks from the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season and two things immediately jump off the page. If you want a hint, both involve Tony Finau. Have a look:

As you can see—and as Rick points out—Finau put forth four of the six best tournament performances of the entire season. And if you want to take out Chez Reavie's win at the Barracuda Championship, which uses the modified stableford system and is, well, the Barracuda Championship, that would give Finau four of the top five. Pretty darn impressive. When Finau gets cooking, he really gets cooking.

But as you can also see, one of those spectacular efforts did NOT lead to a win. That was his runner-up performance at the RBC Canadian Open, where he was bested by the best strokes-gained performance of the entire season, Rory McIlroy's ridiculous 20.13 total strokes gained.

Finau's 18.13 strokes gained total that week was more dominant than all but four performances from any player over the entire season. And yet he didn't win. That's a tough loss.

Still, considering he won more this season than in his entire career previously, the 33-year-old Finau had to be more than satisfied with his three victories. And for a guy who rarely has a bad week, if his great weeks are going to continue to be this good, then you can expect a bunch more wins in 2023.