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Tony Finau tied atop leaderboard at Rocket Mortgage

Tony Finau tees off for the par-3 9th green during Round 3 of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
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Tony Finau fired a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday to draw into a tie for the lead with Canadian Taylor Pendrith at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

The pair sit at 21-under 195, good for a four-shot cushion. Pendrith carded a 66.

Pendrith and Finau were tied for the lead after Thursday, and Pendrith owned a one-shot lead over Finau heading into Saturday’s third round at the Detroit Golf Club.

Cameron Young (65) sits solo third at 17 under, German Stephan Jaeger (65) sits five shots back in fourth, Patrick Cantlay (66) occupies solo fifth at 15 under, and Scott Stallings (67) is seven shots back in sixth place.

Finau turned in a clean card in pursuit of his second consecutive victory. Finau recorded seven birdies, including four going out. In fact, Finau has yet to card a bogey through the first 54 holes of the tourney.

“No bogeys up to this point on the scorecard in the tournament, which is nice,” Finau said. “I think it’s a golf course that yields some birdies. You’ll have some looks, but to not make any mistakes to this point is nice and I think that’s the main reason I’ve kind of found myself on top of the leaderboard.”

Finau, who won last week’s 3M Open, is seeking to become the first player to win in back-to-back weeks during the PGA Tour regular season since Brendon Todd in 2019.

“Taylor’s playing some great golf,” Finau said. “This is the type of golf course where someone can shoot 8, 9, 10 under, but if we put together a good round tomorrow, might be a two-man race and I’m looking forward to the challenge again.”

Pendrith’s day yielded eight birdies but also two bogeys en route to his 66. The tour rookie birdied four of his last five holes, however.

“Obviously, he made a ton of birdies and I finished the round with a lot of birdies, so it was fun,” Pendrith said. “We were going back and forth. Tony bombs it off the tee and I hit it far as well, so it was fun, kind of similar games I guess, and we attacked it very well.”

–Field Level Media