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About Detroit Golf Club
That was only the second year that Detroit has played host to the Rocket Mortgage, leaving little in the way of course pedigree to get behind, and in those two year we’ve seen conflicting stats come to the fore.
Indeed, in 2019 when Nate Lashley stormed to the title, Greens in Regulation and Scrambling were key to going well, though last year, it was the bombers’ turn, with DeChambeau and Matt Wolff (first and second) both ranking in the top five for driving distance.
Putting average has been a good indicator in both years, and although it’s difficult to narrow this down to one aspect of the game, there are reports that the rough is longer and more treacherous, which in theory should disadvantage those with less accuracy off the tee, but with the likes of DeChambeau more than capable of muscling his way around this course that remains to be seen.
Rocket Mortgage Classic Betting Tips
Doc Redman 40/1
Someone that has gone well in both editions here though is Doc Redman (40/1). The young American finished 21st last year when the course played more into the hands of the big hitters, and although he’s not a notably short hitter, he struggled to keep up with the top of the leaderboard as a result.
His all-around game was excellent though, and he showed that it was no coincidence that he finished runner-up to Lashley in 2019.
He’s still looking for his first PGA Tour win, though since August, he’s managed third place at both the Wyndham Championship and the Safeway Open, a fourth placed finish at the Bermuda Championship and another runner up just two weeks ago at the Palmetto Championship.
Notably, there are strong links between Silverado (Safeway) and Port Royal (Bermuda), so it’s safe to say this course suits him to a tee, and we’d expect to see him fighting at the top of this leaderboard come Sunday.
Webb Simpson 16/1
Another who looks extremely well suited to this track is Webb Simpson (16/1). He has an extremely good record on courses designed by Donald Ross, of which Detroit is one.
He’s spoken out about his admiration for the test that Detroit brings, and even last year where driving distance went a long way toward the title, he still managed to achieve a top-10 finish and was even leading at the halfway point.
It’s a classical golfing test and Simpson is as classic a golfer as you’ll find on tour at the moment and is never far away from a big weekend.
Two top-12 finishes in his last four events proves that even when he’s not notably on form, he’ll still challenge up near the top and any reservations about his missed cut at the US Open should be wiped away by the fact that the American has not missed back-to-back cuts since October 2016.
Matt Wolff 28/1
Having missed the cut last week, we’re inclined to put that down to some rustiness and a lack of consistency was always going to be an issue for Matt Wolff (28/1) having taken some time away from the game.
There’s every reason to believe he can bounce back here though and having ranked fifth for driving distance, he’ll be our pick in case bombers do get the rub of the green around here again.
He complimented that big drive well by leading the field in putting average that week to finish second behind DeChambeau, and at a relatively long price he’s certainly worth getting behind here.
A 15th at Torrey Pines on his return is not reflective of how well he played that week at the US Open, where he ranked third for driving distance and sixth for putting accuracy, so his game is at a place that is very well suited to this course yet again.
His accuracy off the tee and scrambling were his downfall at Torrey Pines, though with wider fairways here and less obstacles around the greens that should become less of a factor here.