PGA: Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview/Prop Plays
The third edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is next on the list for the PGA Tour. Players will be traveling to Detroit, Michigan, and compete in a tournament that is growing in popularity among fans.
Date: Jul 1–4, 2021
Course: Detroit Golf Club
Watch on: CBS, GOLF
The first two years of this event have been fun to watch. In order, Nate Lashley got the first victory and then Bryson DeChambeau won last year.
As it is already established, having a low score is crucial to winning here. Lashley scored a -25 in his victory while DeChambeau had a -23.
This tournament is up for grabs to anyone that can sink putts. In addition, there are only five of the top 25 ranked golfers teeing it up for this event.
Head to Head Matchup to Watch
Bryson DeChambeau (-27.852) and Patrick Reed (-27.997) make a dynamic duo to watch compete against each other. DeChambeau obviously has success as he is the returning champion.
Reed had a great 2019 showing here, with a fourth-place finish. However, last season he missed the cut, so he will need to perform well to make a case for the victory.
Dunkel Index For This Event
The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The following 10 are:
1 Jason Kokrak -24.399
2 Webb Simpson -26.338
3 Hideki Matsuyama -26.947
4 Bryson DeChambeau -27.852
5 Patrick Reed -27.997
6 Hank Lebioda -28.150
7 Matt Wolff -28.993
8 Kramer Hickok -29.389
9 Garrick Higgo -29.471
10 Satoshi Kodaira -29.885
*index is subject to changes
Golfers That Could Win
Webb Simpson (-26.338) is not as dangerous off the tee as he has been in the past due to a neck injury that he is still recovering from. Still, he is more than capable of making up the difference in shorter drives with solid iron play and strong putting.
Kramer Hickok (-29.389) is heading into this event hot off a solid performance last week. Even though he did not win, his putting is what kept him in the game despite being ranked outside the top 100 in putting this year.
Hideki Matsuyama (-26.947) could be a steal here but only if his putting shows up. He has shown that he can score in bunches, but history has shown him to be volatile when it comes to sinking much-needed birdies.
Potential Winning Pick
Bryson DeChambeau (-27.852) is going to be hard to ignore here. Not only is the returning champion showing previous success, but this course fits his style of play.
He even quoted this course as a “bombers paradise”, nodding to the fact that he enjoys smashing the golf ball everywhere he swings. This strategy might not work for a lot of golfers out there, but DeChambeau’s game is unique compared to others.
Top 10 Finish: Bryson DeChambeau (+105)
Last year's Rocket Mortgage marked the emergence of the "new" DeChambeau as the bulked up PGA pro overpowered the Detroit Golf Club to record 27 bridies and an eagle en route to his first victory with the new approach.
DeChambeau started off this season with a win at the Arnold Palmer and a 3rd at the Players. He hit a rough patch after that, which included a final round 77 at the US Open. But shooting under 70 in five of his last seven rounds and finishing 19th at last week’s Travelers shows he should be ready to defend his crown this week.
Rated No. 4 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we like DeChambeau (+105) to finish in the Top 10.
Top 20 Finish: Hank Lebioda (+400)
Overshadowed in a field that includes big names like DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson, Lebioda has held his own in recent weeks with some of the best golf of his young career.
The 27-year-old out of FSU fired a final round 66 to finish in a tie for 5th at last week’s Travelers. That followed solid finishes as the Byron Nelson (tie for 17th) and Valspar (tie for 13th).
Overall, he’s made the cut in each of his last 5 events. Rated No. 6 in this week’s Dunkel Index, we think Lebioda (+400) is worth a look at this price to finish in the Top 20.
Top 30 Finish: Satoshi Kodaira (+300)
Like Lebioda, Kodaira has been flying under the radar while playing some of the best golf of his career. After missing the cut in four straight events in March and April, the 31-year-old out of Japan put together three straight Top 20 finishes, including an 11th at the Wells Fargo and 13th at the Byron Nelson.
He looked primed to be in contention in last week’s Travelers when he opened with a 63 that put him in a tie for first with Kramer Hickok. That level proved too hard to maintain, however, as he posted a final round 73 to finish 36th.
A 7-time winner on the Japan Tour and rated No. 10 in this week's Dunkel Index, we like Kodaira (+300) to keep his hot streak going over here and finish in the Top 30
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