I know when I think of Detroit, maybe the 20th thing on the list is the Rocket Mortgage Classic. It’s somewhere after Rodney Peete, Fernando Rodney and $50 homes for sale, but it’s up there.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic is one of the very youngest tournaments on tour. Established in 2019, it replaced the defunct Quicken Loans National. Though it’s a new tournament — and hardly a “classic” — the course (Detroit Golf Club) has been around since 1899.
The course itself is a real old-school course with wide-open fairways and reads fairly straightforward on the greens. This is a course that produces extremely low scores, so Strokes Gained statistics will be important when making our selections.
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Last week, we did well with Brian Harman. Harman finished 5th after our extremely conservative pick for him to finish in the Top-20. As it’s been lately, we’ve struggled with guys on the card collapsing on Sunday, and this week was no different.
Harman turned out to be our only winner, again. Following five straight rough weeks of picks, we have slipped all the way down to -8.58 units on the season. This week, we are again looking to break out of our slump, as we’ve selected seven players this week for our card.
Detroit Golf Club, like TPC River Highlands, produces very low scores (-23 and -25 in two tournaments). Just as we did last week, we will be going with guys who are strong in the Strokes Gained categories. This week’s theme is the youth movement. We are going with a card covered in youth, with the hope the youngsters give us some fearless performances at a young tournament.
- Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
- Prior success at Detroit Golf Club
- Strokes Gained: Total
- Recent form
Good luck this week as we take a look at the best DraftKings Online Sportsbook betting lines for The Rocket Mortgage Classic
Middle of the Fairway – Two Players to finish in the top 20
Sepp Straka +275
Sepp Straka is a name we have yet to mention this season, but now is the time for us to get familiar with him. He is a 28-year-old Austrian golfer who played collegiately at Georgia and sits 89th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Sepp has finished 8th and 11th in the only two Rocket Mortgage Classics ever held and is fresh off a Top-10 finish at Travelers. Despite the success at Detroit Golf Club, it hasn’t translated to much else.
He’s a big hitter off the tee (49th in Driving Distance) and decent in Birdie and Scoring Average (Top-60 in both), but he doesn’t jump off the page as an overwhelming favorite. It could be that Sepp is just really comfortable with this course and that’s as far as we need to go with it.
Hank Lebioda +400
Let’s be honest. Few of you have ever heard of Hank Lebioda prior to his Top-5 finish at Travelers last week. Lebioda is currently ranked 114th in the FedEx Cup and offers little in the metrics department to instill confidence this week. However, Hank has three Top-20 finishes in his last five tournaments, and he’s made the cut in all of them.
He is playing some inspired golf at the moment, and one must believe the man is qualified as a good play under our NBA Jam “on-fire” standards. Now, Hank could very well be a bust here, as he’s failed to make the cut in both appearances here in the past. In case you’re wondering why he’s doing so well recently, look to his putting.
Outside of his 6th ranked Strokes Gained: Putting last week, Hank is 22nd this season in GIRP. It’s impressive considering Hank is still only 56th overall in Strokes Gained: Putting. He’s putting together a well-rounded game at the perfect time.
Edge of the Green – Three players to finish in the top 10
Matthew Wolff +300
Matthew Wolff is not playing great golf lately. In fact, he’s been pretty bad all season, given where he was just a season ago at age 21. Wolff is currently 54th in the FedEx Cup standings, but a good bit of that can be attributed to finishing 2nd in the US Open to start the season, followed by a 2nd place finish at Shriners.
Outside of his 15th place finish at the most recent US Open, there hasn’t been much for Wolff to be happy about lately, as he has only even finished two of his last six tournaments. With Wolff’s return to Detroit, we can expect him to turn it around at a course he finished 2nd at in 2020 as a young 21 year-old.
Garrick Higgo +400
Garrick Higgo is another one of these young guys who can barely drink but is absolutely swimming with success recently. Higgo is a 22-year-old South African with a monster drive (315 yards on average) and already a PGA Tour victory under his belt.
Higgo won in just his second career PGA Tour event (Palmetto Championship at Congaree). Since then, he failed to make the cut at both the US Open and the Travelers, but his aggressive play and monster drives are what has us interested in Higgo this week in Detroit.
Doc Redman +450
Doc Redman has played this event twice, finishing 21st and 2nd. He’s also fresh off a 2nd place finish at Palmetto. In Palmetto, Redman was 4th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. Call me crazy, but I like Redman to excel at this course at which he’s proven to be amazing. He’s only 23, but Doc Redman appears to be a solid play this week.
Eagle Opportunity – One Player to finish in the top five
Joaquin Niemann +400
The Chilean boy wonder is back, maybe. He’s been rather cold lately, finishing no better than 30th in his last five tournaments. However, Joaquin Niemann finished 5th here in 2019 as a 20-year-old. In what has been an unpredictable second half of the season, expect the unexpected with these guys. I think Niemann will have a nice bounce-back performance this week and the comfortable confines of Detroit will be just the elixir Joaquin needs to get back on track.
Hole-in-One – One Player to win
Bryson DeChambeau +775
Brooks Koepka will not be in Detroit this week. Any distractions you think may be present with that whole drama will have to wait, as Bryson DeChambeau is — in great form — coming into a tournament he dominated last season. In 2020, Bryson shot a -23 for the tournament, winning by three strokes.
Though Bryson hasn’t been lighting the world on fire lately, he’s placed relatively well in some of these recent tournaments (Top-26 in each of his last three). It’s not the form you hope for when you’re picking someone to win, but most of the other high-end players in this field haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire lately either. Bryson is 1st in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and 2nd in Strokes Gained: Total.