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‘Backers’ seek money from Finau

REPORTS say Tony Finau is being sued for 20 percent of his career earnings. | KEVIN C. COX/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Tony Finau, who just finished a US PGA Tour season where he won two titles and $5.8 million, faces lawsuits seeking 20 percent of his career earnings, according to a report on Thursday.

Former business associate Molonai Hola and Utah businessman David Hunter want repayment for loans and other work and services worth about $1.1 million they provided Finau’s family from 2006 to 2009, plus a chunk of his career income, according to the Utah-based Deseret News.

Hunter and Hola say they invested in Finau and his brother, Gipper, to get their start in professional golf.

While Hola’s lawsuit is nearly three years old and some claims have been dismissed, according to the report, Hunter’s lawsuit that was dismissed in 2021 was reinstated by the Utah Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments in the case on Tuesday.

A three-judge panel has taken the matter under advisement and both sides await a decision.

“We never comment on matters of a legal nature,” Finau’s manager, Chris Armstrong, told the newspaper. “We have to just let the process run its course. We’re obviously very comfortable with the position where he sits.”

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