The PGA TOUR is in Detroit this week for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic. This week’s event could prove to be tougher to handicap, as the field is the weakest I’ve seen of the post-quarantine events.
The Detroit Golf Club itself measures out to 7,340 yards for a par 72. Last year’s leaderboard showed that you didn’t need to be a big bomber to compete. Unless weather plays a factor, I see the field crushing this course again. Look for around the 18-under par range to win it all.
Rocket Mortgage Classic Picks
Anyways, without further ado, here are the four online bets I’m making on the Rocket Mortgage Classic this weekend:
Doc Redman +4500
Redman returns to the site of his best career finish, a second place at last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. More importantly, his game is trending in the right direction after a T-11 at the Travelers. Redman has gained 16.72 strokes from tee-to-green in his last seven rounds. Compare that to the favorite Bryson DeChambeau, who has gained 10 in that same time span, and you get a ton of value here on Redman.
He has a well-rounded game, has done well at this course and is coming in hot. If he can just get his putter going, he should be in the mix come Sunday.
Kevin Na +4000
Na is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Travelers last week, which included four rounds of 67 or better. His game should fit in perfectly when it comes to this event as he is an accurate short hitter with a solid iron game and putter.
Na ranks 13th in strokes gained/tee-to-green since the restart and also ranks 12th in the field this week for strokes gained/putting on this style of greens. With some of the bigger names sitting this out, Na has a chance to be there deep into Sunday.
Viktor Hovland +2000
This pick is a little chalky, but after digging through all of the data, he is the best of the favorites for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He’s hitting the ball as good as anyone right now and has been one of the best players on tour since the restart, notching top-25 finishes in each event. And, Hovland is second in strokes gained/tee-to-green. His putter is literally the only thing letting him down, so he’s due. He now gets to compete against the weakest field we’ve seen since the restart, so the odds seem worth the risk here. Mix him into your betting portfolio somehow this weekend.
Top 10: Sungjae Im, +225
Im has let me down the last couple of weeks, so I am taking a little bit of the safer play here. Overall, he has been remarkably consistent this season: six top-10s in 10 starts, including a win at the Honda. Im finished 21st here a year ago and is ranked seventh in strokes gained/tee to green. Taking into account the soft field this week, I’m loving the odds of him having another top-10 finish in Detroit.