The second round of the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic is in the books, meaning the tournament is already at the halfway point. And with 36 holes left to play, there’s plenty of action left in store for the players jostling for a spot at the top of the leaderboard.
Here’s what you need to know from the second-round action in Detroit.
Tony Finau is still in the mix
After firing a first-round 64 to share the lead with Canadian Taylor Pendrith on Thursday, Tony Finau followed up with a six-under 66 — good enough to hang on to second place. But Pendrith’s 65 on Friday made him the solo leader, one shot ahead of Finau.
That means the two will play together in Saturday afternoon’s final pairing. On paper, Finau may have a bit of an edge in a head-to-head match. He’s seeking his fourth career win, and second consecutive victory, after last week’s triumph at the 3M Open. Pendrith, meanwhile, is playing only his first full season on the PGA Tour, and is still seeking his maiden victory.
Who else has a chance?
After Finau, Lee Hodges is the next-closest player to the lead, at 12 under overall. And there’s a significant number of familiar names within five shots of the lead, including Russell Henley, Adam Scott and Patrick Cantlay.
Two-time major winner Zach Johnson is six shots back at eight under overall.
Young players to watch
Sahith Theegala and Cameron Young are two young players whose names are becoming increasingly familiar to golf fans.
Theegala, 24, burst on the PGA Tour scene earlier this year when he nearly won the WM Phoenix Open. He’s since recorded four additional top-10 finishes, and, after rounds of 68-67 this week, he’s in contention yet again, five shots back in T7.
Cameron Young, 25, is another star in the making, with four runner-up finishes (one of which was at the Open Championship at St. Andrews) this season and six top tens.
Young’s second-round 63 tied the tournament record, and launched him 75 spots up the leaderboard into T4, four shots back.
Get ready, folks! It’s bound to be an exciting weekend in Detroit.