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Tony Finau WDs from RSM Classic with injury

November 15, 2022

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Tony Finau is on the biggest heater of his career. But that run will not extend to Sea Island.

Finau, fresh off his win at the Cadence Bank Houston Open, has withdrawn from this week’s RSM Classic.

According to the PGA Tour’s communication team, Finau has dropped out due to injury. As of this writing, Finau’s specific ailment is unclear.

The news comes just days after Finau won at Memorial Park in Houston by four shots. Finau’s triumph in Texas marked his third win in his last seven starts, yet his hot streak truly began in May at the Charles Schwab Challenge in May, as a T-4 at Colonial was the spur for seven top-10 finishes in a 12-tournament stretch. The 33-year-old entered the week 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking and was listed as the tournament favorite.

Sea Island: Seaside
Sea Island: Seaside
St. Simons Island, GA
The Sea Island resort continues to credit famed British golf architect H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth it was never purely Colt's design. It was the work of Colt's partner, Charles Alison, who traveled to the U.S. and beyond in the 1920s and 30s while Colt remainied in England. But the Seaside Course isn't even Alison's anymore--it is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated Alison's original Seaside nine (today's 10-18) along with a nine (the Marshland Nine) designed in 1974 by Joe Lee, to create a totally new 18- hole course. But in keeping with the resort’s heritage, Fazio styled his new course in the design fashion of Alison, with big clamshell bunkers, smallish putting surfaces and exposed sand dunes off most of the windswept fairways. The Seaside Course has hosted numerous USGA championships and has been a mainstay of the PGA Tour’s early season roster for many years.
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Though the RSM Classic marks the end of the tour’s calendar year, Finau is currently listed to play in Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge in early December.

Taking Finau’s place in the RSM field is Kevin Chappell. William McGirt also withdrew, with Sung Kang jumping in his spot.