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
|Yards (per official scorecard):||7,370|
|Greens:||Poa annua; 5,150 square 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.
** – first time winner on TOUR
|Safeway Open||Stewart Cink|
|120th United States Open||Bryson DeChambeau|
|Corales Punta Cana Championship||Hudson Swafford|
|Sanderson Farms Championship||Sergio Garcia|
|Shriners Hospitals for Children||Martin Laird (playoff)|
|CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK||Jason Kokrak**|
|ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP||Patrick Cantlay|
|Bermuda Championship||Brian Gay|
|Vivint Houston Open||Carlos Oritz**|
|84th Masters Tournament||Dustin Johnson|
|The RSM Classic||Robert Streb|
|Mayakoba Golf Classic||Viktor Hovland|
|Sentry TOC||Harris English|
|Sony Open in Hawaii||Kevin Na|
|The American Express||Si Woo Kim|
|Farmers Insurance Open||Patrick Reed|
|Waste Management Phoenix Open||Brooks Koepka|
|AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||Daniel Berger|
|The Genesis Invitational||Max Homa|
|WGC – Championship at The Concession||Collin Morikawa|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||Bryson DeChambeau (2)|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||Justin Thomas|
|The Honda Classic||Matt Jones|
|WGC- Match Play||Billy Horschel|
|Corales Puntacana||Joel Dahmen**|
|Valero Texas Open||Jordan Spieth|
|85th Masters Tournament||Hideki Matsuyama|
|RBC Heritage||Stewart Cink (2)|
|Zurich Classic of New Orleans||Cameron Smith/Marc Leishman|
|Valspar Championship||Sam Burns|
|Wells Fargo Championship||Rory McIlroy|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||KH Lee|
|103rd PGA Championship||Phil Mickelson|
|Charles Schwab Challenge||Jason Kokrak (2)|
|Memorial Tournament||Patrick Cantlay (2)|
|Palmetto Championship (Congaree)||Garrick Higgo**|
|121st US Open||Jon Rahm|
|Travelers Championship||Harris English (2)|
Check out HORSES FOR COURSES for more details on those who play well here.
|2020||Bryson DeChambeau, -23||Fired the low round on Sunday (65) to make up a three shot deficit in the final group with Matthew Wolff.|
|2019||Nate Lashley, -25||Led 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.
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.
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
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