This week on the PGA Tour we have the Rocket Mortgage Classic. For this relatively new tournament (2019 was the first time it was held), the players have made their way to the mid-West state of Michigan.
Rocket Mortgage Classic 2022
For such a well-recognised city, it seems strange to learn that this is the first regular PGA Tour event held in Detroit – maybe a sign of the general profile of golfers in the US, and the Motor City’s blue-collar roots! But initially brought in to replace the Quicken Loans National it does freshen up the schedule and it’ll be interesting to see how the tournament develops over the coming years. Given its changed spot this year too after “Major season” you’d expect the field to be nothing special… and that’s pretty much the case, with an average field, at best, in attendance.
Prize money $8.4m ($1.35m to the winner)
Highest ranked players: Cantlay (4), Zalatoris (13), Finau (16), Young (19), Homa (20), Kisner (27), Scott (40), Bradley (46)
Recent winners: Cam David (2021), Bryson DeChambeau (2020), Nate Lashley (2019).
Rocket Mortgage Classic: The Course
Located on the North side of the city, the Detroit Golf Club dates back to 1899, when it was founded by William Ferrand. This week’s venue, the North course, is a 7,340 yard track that plays as a par 72. It was designed by famous course architect, Donald Ross, one of two at this facility, and was opened in 1916. The course recently underwent an upgrade to get ready for tournament play, and bears the hallmarks of a Ross design with tree-lined fairways putting a premium on accuracy over power.
72-Hole Record 263: Nate Lashley (2019)
18-Hole Record 63: Nate Lashley & J.T. Poston (2019)
Rocket Mortgage Classic: The Weather
The four-day rain forecast shows a 20%-0%-0%-0% chance of precipitation during the tournament. Temperatures will peak in the high 80s by Sunday, cloud cover with be present all week. Wind speeds though will be moderate, expected to be between 14-16mph during the event.
Rocket Mortgage Classic: Value Bets
These are two each-way outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Kevin Kisner $34 with TopSport
The head of the market this week looks short on genuine value. Kisner is the first name down the list who ticks the necessary boxes – course form, current form, and price, among other metrics. The 38-year-old from South Carolina also has four career wins on the PGA Tour to his name, so there’s no doubting his ability to convert. In three visits to the Detroit GC, Kisner has posted 46-3-8 and on his last US start he was 6th in the Travelers Championship. Given the market shape, and lack of dominant high-quality talent, Kisner looks a sound EW bet at around the 33/1 mark.
Webb Simpson $41 with TopSport
I think 40/1 is too big about this proven PGA performer, past Major winner and multiple tournament champion. Yes, Simpson has MC’d on his last two starts, but I’ll forgive him taking the weekend off at St. Andrews. Before that he was 13th in the Travelers on his penultimate start (and would have placed but for a couple of late dropped shots). Simpson missed the cut here 12 months ago, but was 8th on debut in 2020, and for a guy who won twice on tour that year, I think quotes of 40/1 in this field are more than a little dismissive.
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