Last week’s 3M Open winner Tony Finau and Taylor Pendrith are tied for the lead heading into Sunday’s final round in Detroit; watch the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic live on Sky Sports Golf on Sunday from 5.30pm
Last update: 31/07/22 00:07
Tony Finau shot a seven-under 65 on Saturday to tie Taylor Pendrith at 21-under 195 heading into the final round Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Winner of the 3M Open last week in Minnesota, Finau is trying to become the first to win back-to-back regular-season tournaments in three years.
A shot ahead early in the round, Pendrith birdied four of the final five holes for a 66. Rookie of the Year Cameron Young (65) was four strokes behind. He tied the Detroit Golf Club record with a 63 on Friday.
Stephan Jaeger was five shots after a 65 and world No. 4 Patrick Cantlay was six shots after a 66.
Pendrith was the second-round leader after setting the 36-hole tournament record at 15-under 129. The 31-year-old PGA Tour of Canada rookie has missed nearly four months this year with a broken rib.
This duel in Detroit felt like match play, with Pendrith and Finau taking turns shooting and falling into links and advancing.
Pendrith opened with a six-foot birdie to take a two-stroke lead. Finau fired a one-shot on the next hole, making a 20-foot chip from the rough greenside for a birdie.
Pendrith, who had his share of admirers back home in Ontario, looked calm as he bumped fists with two young boys as he made his way to the third tee.
Finau took the lead with a 15-foot putt at No. 3, then Pendrith pulled back his three-foot putt to miss a chance to stay ahead.
Pendrith’s errant tee shot to the left on the 631-yard par-five fourth hole put him in the 6th hole of the green, leaving him behind several towering tees on his way to the green. He hit a shot 104 yards from the hole, an approach within 16 feet and made the putt to restore his one stroke lead. He then took a two-stroke lead in the sixth, making a seven-foot putt that curled down the right side.
Finau tied Pendrith at 18 under on the turn after birdying on holes 7 and 8 while Pendrith missed a one-foot putt and bogeyed on the ninth hole.
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Pendrith again found himself behind a tree on the 13th, forcing him back onto the fairway and leading to a bogey that dropped him into a second-place tie with Young. Finau took a two-shot cushion with an eight-foot birdie putt at 14.
Pendrith, a two-time PGA Tour Canada winner, rebounded from his second bogey with three straight birdies to return to a tie with two holes to play.
Finau took the lead on the 17th with a birdie, and Pendrith tied again with a birdie on the 54th hole.
If Finau can survive the competition to win on Sunday, he will be the first to win back-to-back regular season events since Brendon Todd in 2019.
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