Following two rounds of this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, the tournament is delicately poised with Canadien Taylor Pendrith leading the field by one stroke.
Round one leader and winner of last week’s 3M Challenge Tony Finau is just a stroke behind. Lee Hodges sits alone in third, two shots behind Pendrith, with a whole host of players four strokes behind but certainly in contention.
One of the newest tournaments on Tour, it’s fair to say that the Detroit Golf Club is one of the easiest challenges that PGA pros will encounter all year. In just its fourth iteration, previous winners have finished with totals of -25, -23 and -18 and it certainly looks like we will reach a similar number here.
Current leader Taylor Pendrith has blitzed his way around the course scoring 17 birdies across his two rounds. The putter is white hot but it will need to stay that way if he is going to fend off the chasing pack.
Tony Finau is finally starting to realize his huge potential and just a week after winning the third PGA tournament of his career, he is firmly in the mix for title number four.
Cameron Young, fresh off his second-place finish at this year’s Open had the round of the day yesterday with a stunning -9 second round. With just one bogey across his two rounds, he is certainly a danger to all.
Other names that find themselves all in contention are the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Stewart Cink, Adam Scott and Si-Woo Kim.
With high scoring a guarantee, everything is set for an exciting and action-packed weekend.
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With the confidence of last week’s win behind him, Tony Finau +160 is the current favorite to win the tournament. Trailing by one heading into today’s third round, Finau will have to get straight back on the birdie trail. When it comes to shooting low, the stats stack in Finau’s favor. 26th on Tour for birdie average and 17th for scoring average. Finau is definitely the man to beat this weekend.
Taylor Pendrith +200 finds himself in slightly uncharted waters heading into today’s round. Twice a winner on the Canadien Tour, he is yet to taste success on the PGA Tour. Pendrith has had some good results on Tour this season which have included top twenty finishes in the Players, Barbasol and Barracuda Championships. He shouldn’t be sleeping on heading into the weekend.
American Lee Hodges +1600 finds himself alone in third place. An unfamiliar name to most, he did record a top twenty finish last week and has clearly bought his good form into this championship. Yet to win on Tour he is an unknown factor heading into the weekend.
Cameron Young +1200 is sure to win this year’s Rookie of the Year award. 13th in the FedEx Cup standings, Young is yet to win this season despite a slew of second-place finishes. Arguably the form man of the tournament he could be a danger to all.
Patrick Cantlay +1400 will start today six strokes off the lead but the reigning FedEx champion has been in good form in recent months and can never be discounted. Neither can Sahith Theegala +2800. A rising star on Tour, Theegala is so great to watch. He ranks 1st on Tour for birdies and if the putter can get hot he can be the value play of the day.