PGA Tour vacations, Finau’s celebrations and the perfect Ryder Cup family

The Schefflers went on vacation, Finau celebrated his victory

Scottie Scheffler, Layna Finau

Hello friends! It’s been a busy few weeks in the world of golf and we have a lot to do. Between Ayaka Furue’s victory at the Scottish Women’s Open, Tony Finau’s back-to-back victories on the PGA Tour and the Women’s Open this week, I feel very excited about the world of golf! So good, in fact, that I’m going to ignore the fact that I’m dealing with a case of hock so stubborn it almost made me cry on my work trip last week. Let’s get to the good stuff instead.

PGA Tour Vacations!

Normal people (read: you and me) take vacations so they can play golf. The pros take golf vacations, and that’s exactly what Scottie Scheffler, Sam Burns, Collin Morikawa and their better halves did after The Open Championship. Luckily for us, we were able to follow on Instagram. Check out these thoughtful men!

Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns on vacation

Sam Burns

Of course, they also took some time for fun and even featured this snorkeling photo as a potential image for ESPN’s Body Issue. Previous Body Issue star Brooks Koepka would be proud.

Now, one of the most important aspects of any great vacation (not really, but sort of) is getting THE perfect shot. Morikawa’s fiancĂ©e, Katherine Zhu, even employed her future husband as her “Instagram boyfriend.” For those of you who don’t know, he is the man who is assigned to take all the photos on any given day. It’s hard work, but nothing a two-time major champion can’t handle.

Holiday season for the pros!

Scottie Scheffler, Katherine Zhu

Check out his camera work below.

Jena Sims and Brooks Koepka’s Honeymoon

Jena Sims and Brooks Koepka also took special vacations after the Open. They went to Greece for their honeymoon, and thanks to The Sims, it felt like we were there all the time.

Jena Sims and Brooks Koepka on honeymoon

Jena Sims

Jena Sims and Brooks Koepka on honeymoon

Jena Sims

No, I’ve never been to Greece, but between this content and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, I feel like I know it pretty well.

Congratulations again to the happy couple!

The Finau family

Friends, if you’re not already on the Finau family train, consider this your sign to jump on. They may be the funniest family on Tour, and we owe it to Tony’s wife, Layna, for sharing an inside look at their lives. From Tony’s rapping skills to what it’s like to raise five kids, we can see it all.

And did I mention how healthy they are? Tony Finau uses his wife and children’s initials to mark his golf balls, and here’s how he chooses who to go with.

As one of five siblings, I found this particularly sweet. And if you’re reading this, Dad, please find a way to include your children in your work like this. Thanks and back to Finaus.

From Instagram to TikTok, Layna is truly a social media pro.

And finally, the Finau know how to party big. Family and friends surprised Finau with flowers and handmade signs when he landed in Utah after his Rocket Mortgage Classic victory and it was perfect. I’m struggling to find a family member willing to pick me up from the airport at 12 minutes, but Finau had dozens of people waiting for him to return. I guess that’s what happens when you win a PGA Tour event.

The Donalds

OK OK. I know I just said the Finaus might be the coolest family in golf, but what I really meant was that they are related to the Donald family. I’ve been following Luke and Diane on Instagram for years so I feel like my friends have just become European Ryder Cup kings and I couldn’t be more excited. Let me introduce you to some of the many reasons why the Donald family (Luke, Diane, Sophie, Ellie and Gigi) is awesome.

1. They do Halloween well

The Donald family has a tradition of going all out (and I mean EVERYTHING) for Halloween every year. There’s clearly a lot of planning and collaboration going into their suits – two traits that will make for a strong Ryder Cup captain. Check out these costumes over the years.

2. They correspond to Christmas

Do you know what the Christmas game prepares you for? Matching at the Ryder Cup, which players, captains and significant others will do every day.

3. They like to have fun

Yes, the Ryder Cup is about competition. But it’s also having a good time. And it’s safe to say that the Donalds don’t take themselves too seriously.

4. They have a really cute dog.

Ok, so technically this doesn’t add much to my argument, but we all like to watch cute dogs, so I thought I’d include them. Also, I think I trust people who have dogs more than people who don’t.

And finally, they are really excited about this opportunity.

Luke Donald’s Captain Cake

Diane Donald

Like, the whole family is on board.

Archie Donald is ready for duty!

Diane Donald

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