What a victory 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 given all the talk about 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 lift his career earnings past the $30 million milestone.
For Taylor Pendrith, it would be a first win, period, and would change the career trajectory for the 31-year-old from Canada whose rookie season started well but got side-tracked 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 win at Detroit Golf Club would more than double that, with the first-place prize money payout at $1.512 million.
Finau and Pendrith start the day at 21 under par, four shots clear of their next closest competitors. But don’t look at this as just a two-player sprint to the finish. Finau won last week’s 3M Open after trailing by five entering the final round. Seven other golfers have won on tour in 2021-22 after starting four shots or more back with 18 holes to play. And if you didn’t see, among the players four back is Cameron Young, the leading candidate for tour rookie of the year who seems to be on the leaderboard every week this summer. Meanwhile, five back is Patrick Cantlay, trying to become the first back-to-back winner of the FedEx Cup.
The overall purse at the Rocket Mortgage is $8.5 million with the winner’s check again a little more than $1.5 million. Here’s the prize money payout for each golfer who made the cut this week. Come back shortly after the tournament ends and we’ll update this with individual names and specific payouts.