PGA Tour winner Tony Finau has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Ping, and will make his debut as an official brand ambassador for the company at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The 28-year-old American is renowned for being one of the biggest hitters on tour, with his average drive of 325 yards at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, during which he used Ping’s new G400 Max driver, being the second longest in the rankings.
As part of the agreement, Finau will carry a Ping staff bag and play a minimum of 11 Ping clubs.
“Tony is very charismatic and has tremendous character,” said Ping chairman John Solheim. “He’s great with the fans and well-respected by his fellow tour players. He’s one of the most athletic players on tour, who uses his strength to generate a lot of power -– he can really hit the ball a long way and has the overall game to become a consistent winner on tour. We’ve developed a great relationship with him in the last year as he’s looked to play the best equipment available for his game. We believe it’s a great fit for both of us.”
At 6′ 4″ and 200 pounds, Finau was a premier high school athlete in several sports, most notably basketball. But golf was his first passion, and he turned pro after leaving school. He earned his PGA Tour card for the 2015 season with a win on the Web.com Tour in 2014. In 2016, he won the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour.
“I’m honored to become part of the Ping Tour team,” said Finau, who is currently 37th in the world rankings. “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. I’m most impressed with their passion for designing the best equipment in the game for golfers of all skill levels, 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.”