Tony Finau is coming to Detroit riding some momentum. He won the 3M open in Minneapolis the week prior to the Rocket Mortgage Classic. After his third PGA Tour win, it appears he is picking right up from where he left off.
After the first round and an early tee time, Tony Finau shot a 64, just one shot off the course record. Finau's 8-under is good for a current tie for first place, although some of the field is still unfinished.
Tony Finau just BARELY missed a 19’ putt for birdie. He finishes with a par on hole 9 for a leading score of -8 on the day so far.— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) July 28, 2022
He shot a 64, just one off the course record. pic.twitter.com/k2BbjFaoE8
Finau also participated in the Area 313 Celebrity Scramble on Tuesday along with other stars, in and out of the game of golf. One of those celebrities being Calvin Johnson Jr., Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Detroit Lions.
On Tuesday, Johnson told WXYZ Sports Director Brad Galli that out of everyone involved in the Celebrity Scramble, he was most excited to see Tony Finau play.
On Thursday, after his first round, WXYZ sports reporter Jeanna Trotman told Finau what Calvin Johnson had to say. Finau instantly smiled and said that the feeling was mutual.
This week @calvinjohnsonjr told @BradGalli that of everyone at Detroit Golf Course, he was most looking forward to seeing @tonyfinaugolf.— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) July 28, 2022
Well, the feeling's mutual. The only NFL jersey Finau has ever owned: a Megatron jersey. He told me that means he is obviously a @Lions fan. pic.twitter.com/LOEiVxOX18
He said that the two got to meet for the first time this week and the only NFL jersey he has ever owned was Calvin Johnson's honolulu blue No. 81. Trotman asked if that meant Finau was, by default, a Detroit Lions fan.
"Yeah, sure why not," Finau laughed. "That's the only jersey I have. So I guess you could say I am a Lions fan."