Here’s the Golf Insider‘s preview of a relatively new tournament (2019 was the first time it was held): the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Rocket Mortgage Classic 2021: The Tournament
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 usual spot in the middle of the “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.
Rocket Mortgage Classic 2021: 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.
263, Nate Lashley (2019)
63, Nate Lashley & J.T. Poston (2019)
Rocket Mortgage Classic: Past Winners
2020: Bryson DeChambeau
2019: Nate Lashley
Rocket Mortgage Classic 2021: The Field
A standard PGA Tour line-up in Michigan this week with 150+ players on show. Bryson DeChambeau is the $8.25 favourite with TopSport.
Rocket Mortgage Classic 2021: The Weather
The four-day rain forecast shows a 40%-20%-10%-10% chance of precipitation during the tournament. Temperatures will peak in the low 80s by Sunday, cloud cover with be present all week. A decent breeze during Rounds 1 and 2 (10-12mph) will subside over the weekend.
Phil bending Bryson’s club ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic and “The Match” is next-level. 😂pic.twitter.com/98TeZ23f58
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 30, 2021
Rocket Mortgage Classic 2021: Value Bets
Andrew Putnam: Top 20 $6.50 with TopSport
Putnam had a strong start to 2021 registering three Top 10’s from his first seven starts of the season. He then went through a lean spell, with more missed cuts than weekends played, but last week at the Travelers Championship he seemed to have found something, managing to finish 17th, and ranked 15th from tee-to-green – the first time he’d gained strokes on the field in this category since March. He closed with a Sunday 66, and I’m willing to have a small interest at a huge price with the view that the 32-year-old from Washington might well have found his early season form again.
Scott Piercy: Top 20 $7.50 with TopSport
Perhaps the best value of the lot, given his pedigree, and his underlying numbers behind his recent missed cuts. Since the Wells Fargo, where Piercy finished 11th, and ranked 4th from tee-to-green, the Las Vegas resident has gained strokes from tee-to-green every week, despite two missed cuts, and a disqualification. Piercy continues to play lovely tee-to-green golf, but just can’t find any consistency on the greens. He did putt well at Congaree, just two starts ago, when he finished 18th, gaining 2 strokes on the field with the flatstick. There is no doubting Piercy is a quality operator, and considering he’s actually playing pretty good golf right now, I’m surprised he’s available in this field at these odds. He certainly caught my eye and he’s probably the best value bet in the field at his current prices.
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