2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard, numbers: Tony Finau dominates in second straight win

From the very beginning of the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic, any thought of a Tony Finau hangover performance was put to bed. The American convincingly won the 3M Open last week and was at it again at Detroit Golf Club as he signed for rounds of 64-66-65-67 en route to his fourth win on the PGA Tour and his third win in less than an hour. year .

Despite being the first player since Brendon Todd in 2019 to win in consecutive weeks during the regular season, the two wins couldn’t have been more different. The beneficiary of Scott Piercy’s collapse at TPC Twin Cities, Finau’s back-nine attack coupled with some luck was enough to push him into the Minnesota winning circle at 26 under par.

There was nothing happy about his record performance in Detroit. Every aspect of his game was in full swing and it wasn’t until Sunday’s 11th hole that the hopeful Presidents Cup made its first bogey of the week. Playing 64 holes without dropping a shot, Finau’s steady hand choked the field as each misstep by his competitors was magnified by ten.

With the chasing peloton made up of Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Young to start the final lap, it’s conceivable to suggest that an earlier version of Finau would have felt the heat. But as we saw with Xander Schauffele earlier this summer, it’s amazing how just a few weeks can change our perception of a player.

Many have been waiting for Finau to discover his full potential and this week may have been just that as he hit 26 under. When he has it on the green, he can make the game look as easy and stress-free as anyone else on the Tour.

In this day and age, youth is the name of the game. Every season a fresh new face jumps on the scene and stands on the biggest golf stage without a shred of nerves. There are Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris and Cameron Young just to name a few and inherently this makes the window for those on the wrong side of 30 much shorter.

While his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic marks the end of his 2021-22 regular season, it marks the start of Finau’s next chapter in his career. A career as a winner. A playoff run similar to last year’s Cantlay was written last week, but why stop there. His two wins came in two of the weaker fields of 2022, but given his ability to take the shot at major championships, anyone should be surprised if Finau can roll this momentum into 2023 and seriously threaten for a certain green jacket in April. . Quality: A+

Here’s the breakdown of the rest of the leaderboard for the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic

T2. Taylor Pendrith (-21): Unfortunately for the 31-year-old rookie, the nerves were early and often present on Sunday. Pendrith never looked at ease on the last round, but tied par as he couldn’t convert birdie opportunities on any of the par 5’s. Two strokes behind Finau, the driver continued to betray the Canadian as he battled a two-sided miss. In what was only his third start since returning from a rib injury, Pendrith impressed, achieving his fourth consecutive top-15 finish dating back to the Players Championship. He has minced these short locations in his rookie campaign and should always be considered at locations around 7,200 meters in length in the future. Class A

T2. Patrick Cantlay (-21): One of the bigger surprises of this season is the fact that Cantlay is left without a solo win. He started the final round just a little too far behind Pendrith and Finau, as he came out slow on Thursday with a 2-under 70. Still, his performance at the Rocket Mortgage Classic marked another close call as the reigning PGA Tour Player of the year now has 10 top-10 finishes — two of which are playoff losses — in just 16 starts. He will enter the FedEx Cup Playoffs well positioned to defend his crown but will have to recreate the magic after last year’s season to capture the biggest payday of the year at the Tour Championship. Class A-

T2. Cameron Young (-21): The likely PGA Tour Rookie of the Year found himself in a familiar position on Sunday. Four strokes behind the two co-leaders, Young was unable to match his final round of The Open and instead stopped for most of his round, eventually signing for a 4-under 68. Although he couldn’t threaten to lead, once again found himself on the first page of the standings, as he has with impressive regularity during his rookie season. In total he now has seven podium finishes and conventional wisdom suggests that the breakthrough win is just around the corner. Class A-

T20. Will Zalatoris (-13): Another week goes by with Zalatoris going without his first win on the PGA Tour. After signing for rounds of 70-71 and dropping the number, Wake Forest product found its game over the weekend and climbed into the top 20 thanks to rounds of 69-65. As it stands, Zalatoris is slated to play in the Wyndham Championship and perhaps a return to the state of North Carolina will push him into the circle of winners. He will need to improve on and around the green as he was outside the top 50 in both short game stats and so squandered a great ball-hitting display. Grade B

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