Tony Finau rolled his Pro V1 Left Dot golf ball in for five birdies on a bogey-free Sunday at the Mexico Open, closing in 5-under 66 on his way to a three-shot victory. It was career win No. 6 on the PGA TOUR and his fourth ‘W’ in his last 18 starts.
Finau, who moved to No. 11 in the World Ranking, posted four rounds of 66 or better to finish at 24 under 260, the lowest 72-hole total of his career.
For the week, Finau ranked 1st in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, gaining over nine of those strokes with his approach play (+6.1) and around the green (+3.47). The 33-year-old hit 81% of his greens in regulation (T3), and ranked T2 in Scrambling (86%), making only one bogey all weekend.
“I think equipment starts with the golf ball, not with the clubs, not with the woods, not with any other piece of equipment," Finau said. "It starts with the golf ball. I’ve always been a believer in that.
"The Left Dot golf ball is right for me because I’ve always put a lot of spin on the golf ball, so it’s the lowest spinning Titleist Pro V1 that is out on the market, and right away, it caught my eye because of the ball flight. I think if you can control your ball flight, you can control the distance. And it’s been such a reliable ball flight for me from the first time that I hit it. I think the best word I can use is just reliable.
"I can count on the golf ball in crosswinds, into the wind, downwind. I know how far the golf ball is going to go. And that’s a great feeling to have as a professional golfer. Distance control is up there probably with the most important things when it comes to striking a golf ball and playing golf.”
“I actually mark my Pro V1 golf ball with my kids’ initials. I have five kids. I’ll throw my wife in there sometimes as well," he said. "So the determining factor for me is if they make a couple bogeys, power lip out, whatever the case, they’re out, and I’m ready for the next kid to come into play and see if they’ll perform. And that’s pretty much it. I’m not crazy superstitious, but there does come a time where, if my kids are a little scared of the dark that day, they want to go swimming, they want to play in the beach, I’ve got to let them go and bring somebody else in that’s ready to score for me.”
The winner of the Mexico Open gamed a Vokey Design WedgeWorks 60T lob wedge on his way to victory, finishing the week at Vidanta T2 in Scrambling. The champion relied on his short game during Sunday’s final round making key up-and-downs on Nos. 8, 13, 16, and 17 for par as well as Nos. 7 and 14 for birdie
“He has told me many times that max versatility is important to him,” said Aaron Dill, Vokey Tour Rep, on this week’s champion. “He has the ability to be steep or shallow when he wants and, one thing’s for sure, he makes great contact with lots of spin on most of his wedge shots. Since his first T grind he has been loyal to this club, occasionally testing some other higher bounce options but always returning to the T.”
According to Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, the T grind is built for players seeking to unlock ultimate creativity around the greens. It is a low-bounce wedge with a narrow crescent surface and wider back flange, best for players with shallow and precise deliveries, as well as those playing off firm conditions.
The T Grind is one of the most popular grinds on Tour, and it was the lob wedge of choice for the 2023 Players and WM Phoenix Open Champion, along with the Honda Classic Champion and the RBC Heritage Champion. It’s also in the bags of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Cameron Young, among many others.