NAPLES, Fla. — Tony Finau is coming off the best season of his career, and Lexi Thompson is coming off perhaps the most satisfying ending of one for her.
This week, the two will try to recapture the magic that took them to fourth place — and improve on that — in the PGA Tour's QBE Shootout at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
Finau finished in the top 10 in three of four majors, earned a Ryder Cup captain's pick, and this week has entered the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time.
"I feel like I've improved a lot in different parts of my game that I've been trying to improve on, and the results have shown that," Finau said. "It's pretty cool for me — this is going to be my first week as a top-10 player in the world, which is something that's pretty special for me.
"So I'm going to enjoy the results that I've had and look forward to, just as a team, and see what we can do to see what we can improve on this next season. But as I look back, it was pretty special."
Thompson, just 23 but who has been playing in professional tournaments since she was 12, has kind of been-there, done-that as far as being a top-10 player goes. She's currently ranked fifth in the world, and is the top-ranked American on the LPGA Tour.
However, she had a difficult season — taking some time for a mental break after a 2017 that included her mother battling cancer, her grandmother dying, the controversial four-stroke penalty in the ANA Inspiration, and missing a short putt that could've won the CME Group Tour Championship.
"It was just emotionally draining, so I just needed some time for myself," she said.
Thompson also revealed in October that she was dealing with self- and body image issues.
"It was a bit of an up-and-down year," Thompson said. "I played some great golf. Hard to compare to my 2017 season, but I had some great tournaments."
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