DETROIT — Tony Finau walked away with the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club on Sunday, becoming the first PGA Tour player in three years to win consecutive regular-season events.
Finau finished with a 5-under 67 for a 5-shot win and a tournament record of 26-under 262 in total. Taylor Pendrith (72), Patrick Cantlay (66) and Rookie of the Year leader Cameron Young (68) came in second.
Finau achieved his fourth win of his career, a third title in more than 11 months. He was the 3M Open winner last week in Minnesota where he rallied 5 strokes to win by 3. Brendon Todd was the last to win two straight wins in the regular season, and he did in 2019.
Finau, the Salt Lake City product with Tongan Samoa heritage, began his streak of success last August at the Northern Trust, where he took his first win in five years and 142 PGA Tour starts.
Finau ended another drought in Detroit, winning for the first time in six attempts when he held or split the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event. With his sixth birdie at number 17 and a closing par, he broke Nate Lashley’s tournament record of 25 under in 2019 during the inaugural PGA Tour event.
The PGA Tour concludes the regular season at the Wyndham Championship, with the North Carolina event starting Thursday. Players in the bubble have one last chance to finish in the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings to earn a spot in the playoffs and a full card next season.
Finau and Pendrith started right away on Sunday and their potential duel in Detroit turned out to be a dud.
Pendrith had his first mediocre round of the tournament after splitting the lead in the first round with Finau, leading him by 1 shot after the second and equaling his 21 under total in three rounds.
The 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie from Canada hit an erroneous tee shot on the second right hole in the rough behind tree branches — after being distracted by a fan rushing down the fairway — and later pulled a 9-foot putt to take the lead. to lose leadership forever.
No. 4 in the world rankings, Cantlay had his third round in a row in the mid-1960s, having started with 70. Young bounced from a 71 on the first round and finished second for the fifth time.
Pendrith struggled on the last round just like the only other time he had a 54-hole lead. He led the Bermuda Championship by 3 shots last October before a 76 dropped him to fifth, which was his best finish for his Motor City appearance. Pendrith played in his third tournament after missing nearly four months with a broken rib.
Finau started pulling away from Pendrith with a 10-foot birdie putt at number 4 and a tap-in for birdie at number 7.
He birdied a 21-foot putt at number 10 for his third birdie. After his first tournament bogey at number 11, Finau made a 31-foot putt with a right-to-left break at number 12, and Pendrith missed an 11-foot putt on the same hole to fall back 4 shots.
Cantlay fired within 3 shots of the lead with a 5-foot eagle putt on the par-5 14th. On the same hole, Finau made his fifth birdie of the last round and led with 4 shots.