Halfway through this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic and it’s a battle of the two Taylor’s as Canada’s Taylor Pendrith leads the tournament alongside America’s Taylor Moore. The duo lead by one stroke from Rickie Fowler and young Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic is one of the youngest tournaments on the PGA Tour. First played back in 2019, it has already garnered a reputation as being one of the lowest scoring tournaments on the PGA calendar. Previous winning scores have been as low as -26, -25 and -23.
That high scoring trend looks set to continue, as Taylor Pendrith and Taylor Moore lead the way on -13.
Moore is already a winner on Tour this season and he got his tournament off to a fast start, posting an impressive first round -8. He continued that positive momentum into the second round as he birdied four of his first seven holes. However his first dropped shots of the week would appear on the eighth and sixteenth holes and he would go onto post a second round 67.
Taylor Pendrith is a name we are becoming more accustomed to seeing on the PGA Tour, and the burly Canadian has put himself in a strong position to land his first ever PGA title. A decent opening round of 67 was bettered by a second round 64. Yet to drop a shot through his first two rounds, he will hope to maintain that momentum today.
The PGA Tour is abuzz with the potential talents of Ludvig Aberg. The big hitting Swede has been described as a generational talent and in front of European Ryder Cup Captain, Luke Donald, has put on a show through his first two rounds.
Despite heading into the week ranked 568 in the world, many believe he has a major shot of playing in this year’s Ryder Cup. If he can produce a solid performance this weekend, that dream may well turn into a reality.
Due to the low scoring nature of the Rocket Mortgage, this tournament is far from over and anyone who made the cut will believe that this could be their year.
Despite sitting one stroke off the lead, Rickie Fowler is the current favorite for the title.
Fowler’s resurgence back from the golfing wilderness has been one of the best stories on the PGA Tour this year. Arguably playing the most consistent golf of his career, Fowler has found himself in contention in each of his last four tournaments. Unable to get over the finish line, he will hope that he can finally convert a promising position this weekend. Having won nine times on Tour he could be the man they all need to beat.
Taylor Moore comes next in the betting and the world number 51 is looking for his first top ten finish since winning the 2023 Valspar Championship. Despite entering the week as one of the highest ranked players in the field, Moore has missed the cut in each of his last three starts. Clearly putting his recent woes behind him, Moore has put himself in a great position to win his second title of the season.
A man to keep an eye on in the betting today is Collin Morikawa. The two-time major winner has now gone almost two years since last tasting success, and for a man of his qualities that is simply not good enough. Morikawa will have one eye on the upcoming The Open Championship where he won the title back in 2021. He will be hoping to head to the UK full of confidence following a successful weekend here.
The wildcard of the weekend must be Ludvig Aberg. Having finished at the top of the US University Rankings, Aberg has secured his PGA card until 2024. Having only turned pro last month, many pundits believe that Aberg can go right to the top of the game.
A potential Captain’s pick for this year’s Ryder Cup, Aberg could go a long way to securing his place on the team by landing his first PGA Tour title this weekend.
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