January 30, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Finau's current setup includes PING's new G400 Max driver, G400 fairway wood and iBlade irons. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty)
PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the hottest equipment free agents in professional golf has finally found a landing spot. Coming off the best season of his professional career, Tony Finau and PING announced on Tuesday that the sides had come to terms on a multi-year club deal that will see the 28-year-old continue to play the company's clubs going forward.
“I’m honored to become part of the PING Tour team,” Finau said. “The family
atmosphere, people and core values at the company really spoke to me. I’ve played their equipment for the last year and have gotten to know their tour reps and the engineering team in Phoenix very well in the process."
Despite not adding to his win total during the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, Finau still managed to finish 19th in the season-long FedExCup standings — a career-best — and make his first trip to the TOUR Championship.
While the equipment in the bag is just one part of the equation when it comes to success on the course, it's worth noting Finau's strong campaign came as an equipment free agent, following Nike Golf's exit from the hard-goods industry at the end of 2016.
Dating back to his first start last year, Finau has used a mixed bag of equipment, with the one constant being PING metalwoods and irons. It was his success with those clubs in particular that led Finau to sign a staff deal with the equipment manufacturer.
"I’m most impressed with their passion for designing the best equipment in the game for golfers of all skill levels," Finau said, "and I know that their commitment to properly fitting and building equipment to fit my game will maximize my confidence every time I step on the tee."
Finau's current setup includes PING's new G400 Max driver, G400 fairway wood and iBlade irons. Because the deal is for a minimum of 11 PING clubs, it's likely Finau will continue to use the same Piretti putter and Titleist Vokey wedges he's had in the bag.
So far this season, Finau has recorded a runner-up finish at the Safeway Open and four top 25's in just six starts. He'll tee it up this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.