What a win would mean for the two men who share the lead heading into the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit on Sunday are two very different things. For Tony Finau, it would be his fourth career PGA Tour title and his second in seven days, an impressive feat considering all the talk of the long drought (1,975 days) he had between his first and second. victories (the 2016 Puerto Rico Open and the 2021 Northern Trust). The 31-year-old veteran would be the first golfer to win back-to-back PGA Tour events since Brendon Todd in 2019 and would take his career earnings past the $30 million mark.
For Taylor Pendrith, it would be a first win, period, and change the career trajectory of the 31-year-old Canadian whose rookie season started well but was sidelined by a rib injury. Pendrith’s biggest career payday so far on tour is $327,222 for T-13 at the Players Championship in March; his total career earnings are $1.392 million. A victory at Detroit Golf Club would more than double that amount, with first prize money of $1.512 million.
Finau and Pendrith start the day at 21 under par, four strokes ahead of their next closest competitors. But don’t think of this as just a two-player sprint to the finish. Finau won last week’s 3M Open after trailing by five going into the final round. Seven other golfers have won on tour in 2021-22 after starting four or more strokes with 18 holes to play. And if you haven’t seen it, among the back four is Cameron Young, the top contender for the Tour’s Rookie of the Year who seems to be on the leaderboard every week this summer. Meanwhile, five backs is Patrick Cantlay, trying to become the first consecutive FedEx Cup winner.
The overall Rocket Mortgage purse is $8.5 million, with the winner’s check again being just over $1.5 million. Here’s the prize money for every golfer who made the cut this week. Check back soon after the tournament is over and we’ll update this with individual names and specific payouts.