The 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic is an event on the PGA Tour. It will be held from July 2-5, 2020 at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan. This year’s tournament is the second time this tournament has been held. Last year, Nate Lashley went wire to wire with an impressive putting display and gained a huge strokes edge over the rest of the field.
This year’s field is better than last year’s but it still doesn’t have the big names that we expected. The likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Sergio Garcia, and Brooks Koepka are not going to Detroit on Thursday hence, there are some names in the odd board who are in unfamiliar territory.
The betting favorite in the tournament is Bryson DeChambeau who registered his third straight Top 10 finish at the Travelers Championship. DeChambeau has been one of the most consistent golfers on the Tour and deserves the tag as odds on favorite because of his hot streak. Webb Simpson won the RBC Heritage last June 21st and has also played consistent golf as of late. Simpson is second in the odds board at +1200.
Here are the rest of the odds to win the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic. These odds were taken from BetOnline.ag as of 07/01/2020:
Who Should Be in Your Betting Card?
Bryson DeChambeau is the 11th ranked golfer in the OWGR and 12th in the FedExCup rankings. The 26-year old from California has missed the cut in only one of his 10 tournaments played in 2020 and he has seven Top 10 finishes during that period. DeChambeau has put together six straight Top 8 finishes and he is coming off a T6 finish at the Travelers Championship where he finished with a -15. He should be on everyone’s betting card until he cools off. He is the most consistent golfer in the world right now and until that changes, he’s worth keeping in your betting card.
DeChambeau is also a -140 to finish in the Top 10 at BetOnline so if you want a safer bet, that could be the one for you.
Webb Simpson is the 5th ranked golfer in the OWGR and #1 in the FedExCup rankings. The 34-year old from Raleigh in North Carolina has missed the cut once in seven tournaments played this season. Simpson has five Top 10 finishes during that period including two wins. Simpson won the RBC Heritage last June 21, 2020, with a -22 score. Simpson also won the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open last February 2, 2020, but finished 61st and missed the cut in his next two tournaments before winning at Harbour Town Golf Links 10 days ago.
Patrick Reed is currently the 7th best golfer according to the OWGR and he is also ranked 5th in the FedExCup. The 29-year old from San Antonio, Texas has played in a total of 11 tournaments this season and has missed the cut only twice. Reed has a total of five Top 10 finishes with one win this year. Reed won the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship last February 23, 2020. Reed has struggled to find his form since the action returned but after putting up his best round (64) in the final round of the Travelers Championship last June 28th, I expect him to be in the thick of the battle here.
Tyrell Hatton is the 16th ranked golfer in the OWGR who is also 15th in the FedExCup rankings. The 28-year old from Buckinghamshire, England has played in five events this season and has finished in the Top 10 in four of them including a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Like DeChambeau, Hatton is on a hot streak right now with Top 15 finishes in seven out of his last eight tournaments played. He hasn’t missed the cut since last year’s BMW PGA Championship and is coming off a third-place finish at the RBC Heritage last June 21st.
Kevin Na is 14th in the FedExCup rankings and 34th in the OWGR. This 36-year old Korean-American only has three Top 10 finishes in 14 events played this year. However, Na is coming off an impressive 5th place finish at the Travelers Championship last June 28th. He had a near-perfect final round as he hit 12 out of 14 fairways and 15 out of 18 greens in regulation. He didn’t play in this tournament last year but given how he sank his putt in his last outing, he’s as dangerous as the leaders and at +3300, I think he has great betting value.
JT Poston was tied for 11th in this tournament last year and given a weaker field this year, I think he is going to create a stir this weekend. Poston is one of the best putters on the Tour and he has ranked 30th in par 4 birdies or better percentage. He also excels in Sands Save Gained and the Detroit Golf Club has 87 bunkers as primary hazards. He missed the cut last week but was T10 in the Charles Schwab Challenge and 8th at the RBC Heritage. He’s an interesting pick to make at +400 to finish in the Top 10.
When it comes to winning this tournament outright, I like Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson but despite getting very good betting value from both in the outright market, I want to play it safe here. As stated above, DeChambeau is a -140 to finish in the Top 10 while Simpson is a +125 in the Top 10 market as well. I think both golfers finish in the Top 10 this weekend.
Prediction: Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson to finish in the Top 10. If you want more plus money, take a chance on JT Poston at +400 to finish in the Top 10.