Tony Finau celebrated his win with an epic 3 a.m. McDonald’s order

Big Mac, a Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese, 10 chicken nuggets, large fry, Oreo McFlurry and a bottled water.

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Owings Mills, Md. — Professional golfers are finely-tuned athletes, hyper-focused on their bodies and making sure they’re in top shape before the event. But after the event — especially after an event they win — that’s a different story.

Just ask Tony Finau. His victory at the Nothern Trust last week was long overdue and indeed, well-deserved.

“All those close calls, it helped motivate him to be a better player,” his GOLF Top 100 Coach Boyd Summerhays says. “When you win it’s human nature not to change, because it’s working, right? Tony was good enough to win, but he used all those close calls to get even better.”

His ability shone through on Monday at Liberty National with a closing 65 on the rain-soaked course. It was a quick turnaround between then and his next event at the BMW Championship, but he made sure to take time to celebrate. First, by bathing in all the congratulatory messages he got…

“It was in the thousands,” he said. “which is just pretty amazing how many people were willing to reach out and just show their support and how happy they were for me.”

And then, by finding his way to McDonald’s.

Well, eventually.

“We went to Ruth’s Chris after I left the course with my manager, my caddie and my coach Boyd, and we had a meal. We finished, leaving there about 11:00,” he said.

The only problem was that Finau was so amped-up that he couldn’t sleep, which led to him making another pit stop.

“Then about 3:00 a.m. came around after returning some messages, talking to some family, and then Boyd and I got hungry again so we went to McDonald’s about 3:00 a.m. and got some fast food.”

And he wasn’t just hungry. He was really hungry.

“I ordered a Big Mac, I had a Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese and then 10 chicken nuggets…large fry, Oreo McFlurry and a bottled water,” he said.

And did he finish it?

“I had no problem cleaning all of it up.”

We’re all for clean living here at, but we fully endorse this decision from Finau to crush some victory McDonald’s. Especially when you consider what he did after his 3 a.m. pit stop.

“I was back up at 8:00 a.m.,” he said. “I worked out in the morning and then I shot my way over here.”

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.