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#RedefineAtoZ: Tony Finau, professional golfer, is chasing greatness

Golfer Tony Finau made his Masters debut in 2018. He is also the first person of Samoan and Tongan descent to play on the PGA Tour.

NAME: Tony Finau

AGE: 28

HOMETOWN: Salt Lake City, UT

TWITTER: @tonyfinaugolf / INSTAGRAM: @tonyfinaugolf

How do you introduce yourself?

I’m Tony and I play professional golf on the PGA TOUR.

What inspires you?

My goals. Chasing greatness and the intention to become better at my craft and better as a person each and every day. I’m inspired to so great things by many great men and women of our time, as well as the past.

Tony Finau hits from a bunker at the Masters golf tournament on April 8 in Augusta, Georgia.David Goldman / AP

What challenges you?

Though I’m not scared of failure, I’m scared of the regret of not having given something my best effort. That fear of feeling that way challenges and motivates me.

Tell us about the biggest risk you ever took.

The biggest risk I’ve ever taken was making the decision to turn pro at 17 years old. I was confident that with effort and time, I would realize my dream, but it was definitely a big risk at the time.

What are you reading/watching/listening to these days?

I’m an avid reader. I’ve read some incredible books including "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight, "The Golden Rules" by Coach Bob Bowman, and "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. I like to read biographies of great athletes, self-improvement books, and anything that allows me to better myself on a spiritual and personal level. I also read the Book of Mormon.

As for music, I like to listen to up-tempo hip-hop and rap while I’m working out, and otherwise love oldies, love songs and reggae.

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what career would you want to pursue?

A chef.

What’s your motto?

Inspire someone.

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