Tony Finau has won six times on the PGA Tour and has been a member of two U.S. Ryder Cup and two Presidents Cup teams.
He has made $37.3 million in on-course earnings, good for 27th all-time, since joining the PGA Tour in 2015. His overall net worth is estimated to be closer to $50 million thanks to endorsements.
Finau, however, is facing allegations from two separate people claiming he owes them millions of those earnings.
A report by the Deseret News, a news outlet based in Utah, where Finau grew up, details accusations by two men, Molonai Hola, described as a former business associate and family friend, and David Hunter, a Utah businessman.
Hola filed suit in 2020, while Hunter did so in 2021. Both men say they financially backed Finau – and his younger brother Gipper – which helped them get their pro careers started.
The Deseret News report states:
Both Hola and Hunter, who are not working together, say they want repayment for loans and other work and services they say they provided to the family from 2006 to 2009, totaling about $1.1 million. They also seek, separately, up to 20 percent each of Tony Finau’s career earnings, which could be in the tens of millions.
Tony Finau’s representatives, when asked for comment, would not respond to specific allegations.
“People ask why we think we’re entitled to his earnings. We ask back, ‘Who risks $500,000 on a 17-year-old kid who hadn’t done a thing yet in pro golf? We deserve to be compensated for that,” Hunter told the Deseret News.