Rocket Mortgage Classic Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Just the third edition of a new tournament on the PGA Tour schedule
- Hosted by the classic Donald Ross design at Detroit GC
- Bryson DeChambeau defends his title
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The Rocket Mortgage Classic Odds
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|Bryson DeChambeau||+750 |
|Patrick Reed||+1400 |
|Hideki Matsuyama||+1800 |
|Webb Simpson||+1800 |
|Jason Kokrak||+2500 |
|Joaquin Niemann||+2500 |
|Matthew Wolff||+2500 |
|Will Zalatoris||+2500 |
|Jason Day||+2800 |
|Kevin Kisner||+3300 |
The Rocket Mortgage Classic Picks
Si-Woo Kim is the each way outright pick at +5000 with William Hill
Brandt Snedeker can grab a top 10 at +650 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Back Gary Woodland over Bubba Watson in their matchbet at -110 with bet365
How to Watch The Rocket Mortgage Classic
|Rocket Mortgage Classic Information|
|Tournament||The Rocket Mortgage Classic|
|Location||Detroit Golf Club|
|Time||Thursday, July 1 – Sunday, July 4|
|How to watch||Thursday & Friday 3pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 1pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.|
The Rocket Mortgage Classic Profile
A relatively new tournament and course this week, one that is taking place for just the third time. The first visit to Detroit Golf Club witnessed a huge shock when Nate Lashley, a 36-year-old with almost no form whatsoever on the PGA Tour, not only won the tournament, but he turned it into a procession and ultimately won by six shots.
A year later Bryson DeChambeau rocked up to the course and boasted: “I heard that this was a bomber’s paradise.”
We’re going to see what it produces for me. But being able to hit an 8-iron 195 yards is a pretty good asset, I’d say. So even though it limits my driving capabilities, my irons are going to be a lot shorter going into the greens no matter what club I have in my hands.”
He was as good as his word, entering the final round three shots behind the leader Matthew Wolff and ending it three blows clear.
What can we expect this year? Well, on the one hand, DeChambeau is correct – his length was an asset last year, but Kevin Kisner finished third and here’s what the short hitter had to say about the course.
I wish we played courses like this all the time, he cooed. Big rough and you’ve got to work it round the doglegs. You can play conservative or you can go for it. They give you birdie opportunities.
Basically, we’ve got a traditional design from the early 20th century that is vulnerable to birdies, but both big hitters and short hitters are enthusiastic about their chances.
Inevitably, DeChambeau is the favourite as he seeks a first top 10 since the start of May and a first top five since March.
Kim Can Fly High on the Ross Link
Detroit GC has a lot in common with Sedgefield CC, regular host of the Wyndham Championship.
Both tracks have a lot of doglegs, both are far from demanding from the tee, both call for plenty of approach shots with short irons, both have small greens, both call upon the winner to pile on the birdies – and both are designed by Donald Ross.
There are differences – Sedgefield has Bermuda grass on the greens, Detroit bentgrass with a little poa annua – but those similarities are striking.
Moreover, a glance at the top 10 finishers in the first two renewals of this event shows that Sedgefield specialists enjoyed taking on this test as well.
Unfortunately, most of them have been flagged by the bookies, but Si-Woo Kim looks a little forgotten.
The Korean did us a favour back in January when winning The American Express after we tipped him and he can repeat the dose this week.
He missed the cut on debut here when struggling for form, made the cut when rediscovering it last year – and since then he’s played much better, including a top 10 only last month at Muirfield Village.
He won at Sedgefield in 2016, was fifth in 2019 and third last year when leading the tournament through 54 holes.
Take William Hill’s offer of +5000 with the each-way option paying a generous eight places.
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Brandt Another Ross Fan
Let’s stick with the Donald Ross route and if we merely added Sedgefield and Detroit records Webb Simpson would be your man (he’s landed eight top 10s in 12 starts at the former and was the halfway leader at the latter last year).
But the 35-year-old has only played the majors since the end of April owing to a back injury so I’m wary.
In truth, Brandt Snedeker has had his own woes: the loss of both parents and a brush with skin cancer among them. But he insists he is motivated and is desperate to put on a good performance in the British Open in two weeks time.
A good week here would be a big step forward and he’s landed five top 10s in 12 starts at Sedgefield, plus one in two at Detroit.
He’s even raved about the poa annua on the greens, which is a rarity among professionals who usually loathe its brushy texture.
Take him to make another top 10 with DraftKings Sportsbook offering +650.
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Woodland Can Take Watson
After all the Donald Ross quality, let’s turn 360 degrees and focus on two golfers who’ve struggled on his courses.
Bubba Watson has missed two cuts at Sedgefield and two at Detroit.
Gary Woodland has not been quite as bad, missing one at Sedgefield and one at Detroit.
Yes, that’s right: neither of them has actually made a weekend at those two venues so it’s probably best to judge them on current form alone and that falls in Woodland’s favour.
He leads 5-3 in 2021 and he also doesn’t have any gremlins lingering from his most recent start, which Bubba definitely does have to deal with.
Last Sunday he found himself in A1 position ahead of the final round and he was still bang in the hunt when he hit the back nine.
But he played the final five holes in 6-over-par to tumble down the leaderboard.
Take Woodland to pounce and polish off a dispirited Bubba at -110 with bet365.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics.
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