Tony Finau was sued by his former partner, demanding more than $ 16 million in compensation.
The person suing Finau is Molonai Hola, 55, owner of Icon Sports. According to a report in a district court in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hola knew the defendant’s family in the early 90s, when Finau and her brother Gipper were in elementary school.
Since then, Hola began funding the Finau brothers and family. The businessman paid off mortgages, health insurance, bought a new car and spent the whole family, when they moved to Florida for the Finau brothers to study golf with famous coach David Leadbetter. Hola says she paid more than $ 592,000 in the past few years.
Hola also said that the two sides have reached an agreement, in which the Finau family will reimburse the advance cost and 20% of the income from the bonus income of Tony and Gipper. But so far, Hola has not received any money and according to calculations, Finau’s family must reimburse him at least 16 million USD, with interest and compensation for damages.
“We know the story and believe absolutely in the fairness of the law. Currently, we do not want to comment further”, Chris Armstrong – Finau representative said.
Finau was born in 1989 and is of Tonga and Samoan blood. He fought professionally when he was 17 years old. In 2015, Finau joined the PGA Tour. Victory at the Puerto Rico Open 2016 is so far the only Finau’s title in America’s First Class golf arena. Contrary to Mr. Finau, Gipper only attended the second-class arena Korn Ferry Tour a few times.
Although not yet able to win a second title, Finau has earned at least $ 2.9 million in prize money every year over the past four years. In the past five years at the PGA Tour, Finau has earned nearly $ 20 million through 165 events. On September 20, he returned to T8 in the major US Open, earning $ 347,000. Finau is currently ranked 14th on the world rankings – OWGR. This golfer is twice in the US team in the Ryder Cup 2018 and the Presidents Cup 2019.