Taylor Penderith enters Sunday’s final round of the Rockets Mortgage Classic with a 54-hole lead at 21 under against Tony Finau. It will be one of the longest final-round matches on tour — yes, Pendrith is Finau-long — and neither player has shot more than 66 this week.
But in the eyes of many, Pendrite is too low.
Full field results from the Rocket Mortgage Classic
The 31-year-old Canadian is ranked 237th in the world and is just three days back from the injured list after missing nearly four months with a broken rib. This season, tour rookie Penderitt has zero wins on the Tour, with his only professional title coming on the PGA Tour Canada. Finau hasn’t won much on tour, but he did win his third career tour title last week at the 3M Open.
By most accounts, if either player picks up the trophy Sunday in Detroit (considering third-place Cam Young a possibility, another popular Bomber quarterback), it should be Finn. Pendrith admits as much, though he’s just glad to have the chance.
“There’s more pressure on me because I haven’t won before and Tony is a big winner and he won last week and he’s playing well,” Penderitt said. “I’ve got a good chance to go into Sunday with him tomorrow, so there’s 18 holes of golf left and who knows what’s going to happen. I feel like my game is in a good place. I’m driving it well, I’m hitting my wedges well, it’s good to see some putts coming in, we’ll see. It will be an exciting experience and just looking forward to racing and seeing what happens.