2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic Predictions and Picks
Course: Detroit Golf Club
Par 72, Yardage: 7,334 yds
2019 Winner: Nate Lashley
Purse: $7.5 million, Winner $1.35 million
It was a very busy week for the PGA last week as the tour saw an increase in positive Covid-19 test results and saw several players withdraw from the tournament in Cromwell, CT. Two of the players to withdraw were the previous week’s winner in Webb Simpson, along with one of the top players in the world in Brooks Koepka. Then 6th ranked player in the world, now the world #3 Dustin Johnson stormed through Saturday and avoided some late trouble Sunday to take home the win at the Travelers Championship. It was another loaded field last week with a majority of the top 20 players in the world competing, but this week we will see something much different at Detroit Golf Club. We will not be seeing the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, or Justin Thomas, as well as no Tiger Woods once again. The big names in the field this week will be Bryson DeChambeau, who looks to continue on his hot start to 2020, as well as Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, and Bubba Watson. So there will be ample opportunity for some of these popular names to make a run at a tournament win this weekend, but there is also a ton of value for a lesser known player to swoop in, steal a win, and earn you some nice money this weekend.
Outright Winner (Odds provided by Fanduel Sportsbook as of July 1)
Patrick Reed (+1600)
Reed is coming off a top 10 finish last week at the Travelers where he put together a nice weekend to surge up the leaderboard and see his name towards the top. He also finished top 10 at this event last season and with it appearing that his game may be rounding into form, one of the former hot names on the tour may make a run at a win this weekend. Reed’s ability to combine some power off the tee along with solid iron play should put him in a good position to score early on a course that yielded a winner at -25 last year to a player who was a last minute replacement.
Tyrrell Hatton (+1700)
Hatton played very well 2 weeks ago at the RBC Heritage and was in the hunt all the way until the final 2 holes. If Hatton can strike the ball this week like he did in Hilton Head, he will have a very good chance at playing late into the day Sunday. He seemed to play tee to green with ease at the RBC, another week of solid iron play for the man from Buckinghamshire should allow him to post some really low numbers on this course.
Rickie Fowler (+3000)
Yes, I know I always fall back on one of my favorite golfers on the tour in Fowler, but it's his game that always has me making these picks. Fowler is not the longest off the tee, but his work with his iron play, his 1 putt percentage, and his putts per final round of tournaments sucks me back in. Fowler took last week off after missing back to back cuts in the return to play while also working on some swing changes. I believe the week off could pay huge dividends for Rickie both physically and mentally and the value for a player of his caliber is tough to pass up.
Erik Van Rooyen (+6000)
Adam Hadwin (+7000)
Michael Thompson (+9000)
Top 10 Finishers
Rickie Fowler (+340)
Viktor Hovland (+220)
Scottie Scheffler (+430)