Back-to-Back Wins for Tony Finau Who Entered the Rocket Mortgage at +1600 Odds

PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic Tony Finau

  • Tony Finau wins the Rocket Mortgage Classic at +1600 pre-tournament odds.
  • Finau is the first player since 2019 to win back-to-back events on the PGA Tour.
  • Last week, Finau rallied from a +500 odds in the final round of the 3M Open last week.

Patrick Cantlay was the +1000 pre-tournament betting favorite to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Meanwhile, Cam Young was the most popular bet with 13% of the tickets and 18% of the betting handle. But neither was victorious at the Detroit Golf Club this weekend.

Cantlay and played well during the weekend, finishing with an impressive 21-under par score apiece. But the two and Canadian Taylor Pendrith could not catch Tony Finau at the top. Finau finished with a 26-under par score to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Dominant in Detroit

Finau entered this weekend’s tournament coming off his third PGA Tour win at the 3M Open one week earlier. Finau was a +1300 to win that tournament and was a +500 heading to the final round of the event. But he rallied from a four-stroke deficit in the final 8 holes to beat the field at TPC Twin Cities.

The Salt Lake City product now has three wins in the last 11 months. His stretch of success began last August when he captured the Northern Trust and claim his first win in five years and 142 PGA Tour starts. Despite last week’s win, Finau traveled to Detroit with +1600 odds to win the tournament, tied with Will Zalatoris for second, behind Cantlay.

With Sunday’s win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Finau became the first player on the PGA Tour to win back-to-back events since Brendon Todd in 2019. But not only did Finau win, but he also dominated in Detroit by carding 67 or lower in all four rounds to set a new tournament record of 26-under par, breaking Nate Lashley’s previous mark of 25-under par set in 2019. Finau broke the record with his sixth birdie at the 17th before closing with a par.

64-Hole Bogey-Free Start

Finau is also the first player in the history of the Rocket Mortgage to go bogey-free through 54 holes. His streak ended at 64 holes when bogeyed at the par-3 11th hole in the final round of the tournament. That was about the only blot in what was otherwise spectacular performance.

His 64-hole bogey-free start this weekend is his longest such streak in the PGA tour and won two tournaments by shooting an aggregate 30-under par score. Finau also joins Davis Love III (1992), Phil Mickelson (2005), Tiger Woods (2009), and Justin Thomas (2017) as the only golfers since 1980 to post a 3-stroke win in consecutive weeks.

In the past seven days, Finau has doubled his win total from 2 to 4. He has banked $2.5 million in prize money and is also projected to finish 6th in the President’s Cup standings. Finau also won for the first time when leading after 54 holes after going 0-5 in his previous five tries. Finau moved from no. 30 to no. 17 in the FedEx Standings after winning last week. With Sunday’s win, Finau moves further up to no. 7 with one more event to go before the FedExCup playoffs.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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