World No 14 Tony Finau is reportedly being sued by a former business partner for ‘at least $16 million plus interest’ for compensatory damages.
According to Deseret News, Utah businessman Molonai Hola filed a suit in the Third District Court last week for never being compensated after financially helping Finau realise his golfing dream many years ago.
Hola, former owner of Icon Sports, helped cover expenses for Finau and his younger brother, Gipper, as per the suit.
The lawsuit also implicates Finau’s father, Gary, his agent, Christopher Armstrong, and the Wasserman Media Group.
Some of the expenses include golfing requirements in Finau’s younger days such as training lessons and travel expenditure for events, while Hola was responsible for the family’s mortgage payments and medical insurance.
He also largely contributed to the marketing and promotion of the Finau Corporation.
In a statement, Armstrong didn’t provide any further information on the matter but indicated that the family is aware of the lawsuit and will comment in due time.
‘We are aware of the matter and have the utmost faith in the legal process. We will not be making further comment at this time.’
Finau has been playing on the PGA Tour since 2014 and has progressed as one of the new American talents with one Tour win to his name already, while Gipper turned pro alongside Finau back in 2007 and is currently competing on the Korn Ferry Tour.