Pendrith holds slender PGA lead over Finau

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Taylor Pendrith fired a seven-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Tony Finau into the weekend in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Canadian Pendrith and Finau shared the first-round lead at eight under and will be in the final group on Saturday, pairing a 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie with a 32-year-old veteran coming off his third career victory.

Rookie Lee Hodges (66) is three shots back.

PGA Tour rookie of the year front-runner Cameron Young tied a Detroit Golf Club record with a 63 for a share of fourth place - five shots back - with Russell Henley (65) and Stewart Cink (66).

Rookie Sahith Theegala (67) is another shot back in a pack that includes defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, who bounced back from an opening-round 70 with a 65.

Davis Love III, the 58-year-old US Presidents Cup captain, was in Detroit in part to play and more importantly to get to know players better on and off the course that may represent the country in September at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina.

Love missed the cut at 5-over 149, but made the most of an opportunity to have dinner with some President Cup candidates and to play two rounds with Young and Will Zalatoris.

Young and Zalatoris, teammates at Wake Forest and close friends, may be paired together again in two months.

"If they make the team, they're a natural," Love said.

Zalatoris, No.13 in the world ranking, perhaps felt pressure playing with Love because he barely made the cut. He had to birdie his 36th hole to get to three under, the cut line, with a pair of lacklustre rounds.

If Young does not earn an automatic spot on the American team, he might be a captain's pick.

"Cameron is trending up," Love said. "Go back to Jordan Spieth. Nobody heard of him and next thing you know in one year he's on the Presidents Cup team, and Cam's headed that way, too. No one ever heard of him on the Korn Ferry and here he is, he almost won a major."

Young had a runner-up finish at the British Open and at the PGA Championship he missed a playoff by a shot. He has four second-place finishes, was third in two tournaments.

Pendrith is playing in his third tournament after being out for nearly four months with a broken rib, a break that reminded him of his youth.

Pendrith said matter of factly that he can compete with the best when he's healthy and has showed that so far at Detroit Golf Club.

No one, though, has been better than Finau lately.

The Salt Lake City native with Tongan-Samoan heritage is 32 under over his last 107 holes, including rallying from a five-shot deficit last Sunday in Minnesota to win the 3M Open by three shots.

"Anytime you win, you breed confidence," Finau said. "I was just happy to carry that confidence from last week right into this week."

Australia's Adam Scott followed his 69 with a brilliant 66 to jump 26 spots.

He is now tied seventh at nine under and has six shots to make on Pendrith.

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