Preview: Rocket Mortgage Classic

Quickie this week.

Find a guy who has no problems racking out birdies and who won’t get a nosebleed once he gets 20-under.

You have 156 choices!

Rocket Mortgage Classic

Detroit Golf Club

Detroit, Michigan

Yards (per official scorecard):7,370
Par:72 (36-36)
Greens:Poa annua; 5,150 square feet.
Stimpmeter:12 feet.
Rough:Bluegrass mix at four inches.
Architects:Donald Ross (1916).
Purse:$7.5 million and $1.35 million (winner); 500 FedExCup points.
Defending Champion (event):Bryson DeChambeau (-23).
Fact of the Week:Only four courses played easier last season.
Fact of the Week II:Cut was 5-UNDER each edition.


  • 156 players; Top 65 make the cut.
  • Third annual edition.

2020-21 Winners

** – first time winner on TOUR

Safeway OpenStewart Cink
120th United States OpenBryson DeChambeau
Corales Punta Cana ChampionshipHudson Swafford
Sanderson Farms ChampionshipSergio Garcia
Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenMartin Laird (playoff)
Bermuda ChampionshipBrian Gay
Vivint Houston OpenCarlos Oritz**
84th Masters TournamentDustin Johnson
The RSM ClassicRobert Streb
Mayakoba Golf ClassicViktor Hovland
Sentry TOCHarris English
Sony Open in HawaiiKevin Na
The American ExpressSi Woo Kim
Farmers Insurance OpenPatrick Reed
Waste Management Phoenix OpenBrooks Koepka
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmDaniel Berger
The Genesis InvitationalMax Homa
WGC – Championship at The ConcessionCollin Morikawa
Arnold Palmer InvitationalBryson DeChambeau (2)
THE PLAYERS ChampionshipJustin Thomas
The Honda ClassicMatt Jones
WGC- Match PlayBilly Horschel
Corales PuntacanaJoel Dahmen**
Valero Texas OpenJordan Spieth
85th Masters TournamentHideki Matsuyama
RBC HeritageStewart Cink (2)
Zurich Classic of New OrleansCameron Smith/Marc Leishman
Valspar ChampionshipSam Burns
Wells Fargo ChampionshipRory McIlroy
AT&T Byron NelsonKH Lee
103rd PGA ChampionshipPhil Mickelson
Charles Schwab ChallengeJason Kokrak (2)
Memorial TournamentPatrick Cantlay (2)
Palmetto Championship (Congaree)Garrick Higgo**
121st US OpenJon Rahm
Travelers ChampionshipHarris English (2)

Check out HORSES FOR COURSES for more details on those who play well here.

Event Winners:

2020Bryson DeChambeau, -23Fired the low round on Sunday (65) to make up a three shot deficit in the final group with Matthew Wolff.
2019Nate Lashley, -25Led by SIX after 54 on 23-under; won by six for his first victory on TOUR.

Facts and Figures:

Tournament Record:263 (-25); Lashley
Course Record:63; Lashley TWICE (Rounds 1 and 3, 2019).
Recent Defending Champion(s):N/A.
Multiple Winners (event)N/A.
Oldest  Winner:Nate Lashley, 36.
Youngest Winner:Bryson DeChambeau, 26.
First Time TOUR:Lashley.
Odd Fact:Detroit Golf Club gave up the second most birdies in 2020.
Odd Fact II:Troy Merritt had zero bogeys thru 54 holes last year.

Quick Thoughts on Detroit Golf Club

Go low. The end.

Cut 5-under in the first two editions = no room for scores in the 70s.

Wide open track means BOMBS AWAY. Tons of big boy drives here = wedges into greens.

Gotta hole putts to post 24-ish under! If you don’t hit GIR holing putts for par are a must.

Putting contest and birdie festival = doors open to anyone!

Guys will get healthy this week as they all know how to make birdies.

Perfect event to celebrate ‘Merica people! Bombs, birdies and beers!

Let’s recap last week first:

Last Week – Travelers Championship

Bryson DeChambeau (+1400): I like this more than I liked Jon Rahm at +850 at the US Open! Pride to bounce back after 44 should be on full display on a track that he’s enjoyed in bomber life and pre-bomber life. I will NOT talk you out of this.  T19 after another Sunday back nine zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Dustin Johnson (+1400): I’d bet he would NOT be here if he wasn’t the defending champion. Omit. Tied Zach Johnson for 25th.

Patrick Cantlay (+1600): The legend grew when he shot 60 as an amateur in 2011. He’s never hit the top 10 but has four top 25s in six starts. Still hasn’t hit the top 10 (T13) but now has FIVE top 25s in seven starts.

Paul Casey (+1800): Tell him it’s Valspar and get to the window. Plenty of close calls here and will feel he’s paid his dues. I’m paying for him this week across the board, Win, Top 10, Top 20. And I’ve paid dearly. Out in 31 on Thursday to get to 4-under. Finished the week 4-under. L L L.

Brooks Koepka (+2200): Best finish came when he wasn’t arriving fresh off a US Open win. That box is also checked this week. I’m not checking it but you can. T5 as he continues to baffle in non-majors.

Patrick Reed (+2200): When he makes the cut, it’s T17 or better. When he makes the cut here, it’s usually T30 or better. Closed 67 last week and 64 last year. Top 10, Top 20. T25 is not T17 or better. L L.

Scottie Scheffler (+2500): Didn’t fire at Colonial but excels on monster tracks. Three of the last four in the top 10 includes two majors and Memorial. Top 10, Top 20. 6-under and in the top 10 heading into the weekend. Then 71-72 for T47. L L

Brian Harman (+2500): Top 20 heavy. T5. Seems easy. W.

Abraham Ancer (+2500): He’ll test my theory about ignoring poor US Open results. His worst TOUR check in 2021 is T26, nine straight times before last week.  I’ll let YOU test MY theory haha. Hope you tested it! T5.

33-1 or worse

Kevin Streelman (+3300): I can’t quit now, not on a course where he’s a former champ. Across the board. MC L L L.

Harris English (+4500): Top 20. Won the tournament so that’s good. W.

Bubba Watson (+4500): Win or bust. Worth a punt here to say the least. Just brutal brutal brutal. Bust indeed. L

Keegan Bradley (+5000): Top 10 and Top 20. L and L. MC.

Rickie Fowler (+6000): Better get on here just in case. Skinny win ticket plus Top 10 and Top 20. L L L MC.

Longer Shots

Doc Redman (+9000): T2 last time out was second top 10 in four events. Top 20 minimum. T61

Marc Leishman (+9000): Nice price for a former winner who’s won this year at Zurich with Cam Smith. Skinny win ticket. Solo 3rd.

Aaron Wise (+9000): T9 bookends in his last four on TOUR.  Top 20. T66

Mackenzie Hughes (+12500): FRL or T-FRL his last two trips. So skinny FRL! Nope.

Brendan Steele (+12500): 6 top 25s in 8 starts. Top 20 heavy. MC heavy.

Brandt Snedeker (+12500): Ride the heat to Top 20 town. MC heavy.

Seamus Power (+12500): Monday Q has been cashing checks including T19 and T9 in his last two. Top 20 please. Another T19, cashed.

Funny Money

CT Pan (+17500) MC

Will Gordon (+20000) Last

KH Lee (+25000) T6 heading into Sunday, shot 80

Hank Lebioda (+25000) T5, best of the year.

Satoshi Kodaira (+27500): T36, four straight inside the top 40.

Nick Taylor (+27500) Four straight blown up.

Beau Hossler (+30000) 2021 best T10.

Rob Oppenheim (+30000) MC

Adam Schenk (+35000) MC

This Week – Rocket Mortgage Classic

Quickie this week as I’m on vacation:

Use them where you like:

Hideki Matsuyama

Maverick McNealy

Sepp Straka

Cam Davis

Beau Hossler

Mark Hubbard

Brian Stuard

Cameron Champ

Hank Lebioda

JJ Spaun

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out through Twitter or email me


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