2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic standings, grades: Tony Finau dominates in second straight win

From the start of the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic, any idea of ​​a Tony Finau hungover performance was put to bed. Winning last week’s 3M Open in convincing fashion, the American was again at the Detroit Golf Club signing for rounds of 64-66-65-67 en route to his fourth PGA Tour win and third less one year. .

Although he became the first player since Brendon Todd in 2019 to win back-to-back regular season weeks, the two wins couldn’t have been more different. Beneficiary of a Scott Piercy meltdown at TPC Twin Cities, Finau’s back nine charge coupled with good fortune was enough to push him into the winner’s circle at Minnesota at 26 under par.

There was nothing lucky about his record-breaking performance in Detroit. Every aspect of his game was firing on all cylinders and it wasn’t until the 11th hole on Sunday that the Presidents Cup prospect recorded his first bogey of the week. Going through 64 holes without letting go, Finau’s steady hand smothered the field as any missteps from his competitors were multiplied by ten.

With the chasing pack consisting of Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Young to start the final round, it’s conceivable to suggest that an earlier version of Finau would have felt the heat. Yet, 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 were waiting for Finau to discover his full potential and this week may have been just that as he hit 26 under. When he hits the greens, he can make the game as easy and stress-free as anyone on the tour.

Youth is the name of the game these days. Every season a new face emerges and is without a sign of nervousness on golf’s biggest stage. There’s Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris and Cameron Young to name a few and, by nature, that makes the window for those on the wrong side of 30 a lot shorter.

While his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic marks the end of his 2021-22 regular season, it marks the start of the next chapter in Finau’s career. A winning career. A playoff similar to last year’s Cantlay was written out last week, but why stop there. Both of his wins have come in two of the weakest areas of 2022, but given his ability to rise to the occasion in the big leagues, if anyone should be surprised if Finau is able to build on that momentum in 2023 and to seriously threaten for some green jacket in April. Rating: A+

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

T2. Taylor Pendrith (-21): Unfortunately for the 31-year-old rookie, nerves were present early and often on Sunday. Never looking comfortable in the final round, Pendrith reached an even par as he was unable to convert birdie opportunities on either par 5. Behind Down two shots, the driver continued to betray the Canadian as he fought a two-way misfire. In what was only his third start since returning from a rib injury, Pendrith impressed and notched his fourth consecutive top 15 finish since The Players Championship. He made mincemeat on these short sites during his rookie campaign and should still be considered on these sites measuring around 7,200 meters in the future. Rating: A

T2. Patrick Canlay (-21): One of the biggest surprises of this season is that Cantlay remains winless in solo. He started the final round a little too far behind Pendrith and Finau as he was slow to exit Thursday with a 2 under 70. Still, his performance at the Rocket Mortgage Classic marked another close call as the titleholder of the PGA Tour. of the year now has 10 top-10 finishes — including two playoff losses — in just 16 starts. He heads into the FedEx Cup playoffs well positioned to defend his crown, but will need to recreate the magic of last year’s playoffs in order to capture the biggest payday of the year at the Tour Championship. Rating: A-

T2. Cameron Young (-21): The probable PGA Tour rookie of the year found himself in a familiar position on Sunday. Trailing the two co-leaders by four strokes, Young couldn’t match his final round of the Open and instead stalled for the majority of his round and eventually signed for a 4-under 68. Although he was unable to threaten to lead, he once again played himself on the front page of the leaderboard as he did with impressive consistency throughout his rookie season. In total, he now has seven podiums and conventional wisdom suggests decisive victory is imminent. Rating: A-

T20. Will Zalatoris (-13): Another week passes in which Zalatoris goes without his first PGA Tour win. After signing for the rounds of 70-71 and reducing the numbers, the Wake Forest product found his game over the weekend and fought his way into the top 20 thanks to the rounds of 69-65. As it stands, Zalatoris is expected to play in the Wyndham Championship and perhaps a return to North Carolina State will push him into the winner’s circle. He will need to improve on and around the green as he ranked outside the top 50 in both short game metrics and therefore wasted a great ball-striking display. Category B

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