2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic Fantasy Sleeper Report
If you were to script a golf tournament finale with designs on producing the most eclectic cast, last week’s Travelers Championship would have been right up there.
You had the forgotten star (Dustin Johnson), the tormented journeyman (Brendon Todd), the grizzled veteran (Phil Mickelson) and the young upstart (Will Gordon), all of whom were in the mix for the title at one stage or another.
In the end, you could only get short prices with the sportsbooks on Johnson taking care of business, and they were proven to be correct with DJ landing a 21st PGA TOUR title as Todd wilted under the spotlight.
That’s another high-quality performer finding form ahead of major season, and that part of the rescheduled campaign is starting to look more exciting with every passing week.
There’s a little less stardust in the field for the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week, with a few of the big hitters deciding not to make the stop-off at the Detroit GC in Michigan. Indeed, the head of the betting market is populated by the likes of Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed – all premium operators, of course, but ones that question marks can be placed against.
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Is this a good week to find a sleeper winner? You would certainly like to think so.
Nate Lashley did those betting from the bargain basement absolutely proud here 12 months ago. He’d gone completely under the radar having not finished any better than T28 in the preceding seven weeks. Anybody taking the 250/1 Vegas odds knew what they were taking on.
But Lashley, bouncing back from personal and golfing tragedy that saw his life turned upside down by the death of both of his parents and his girlfriend in a plane crash, posted a mammoth -25 at a soggy Detroit GC to claim his maiden PGA TOUR title and his first win anywhere since 2017.
That winning score probably presents this golf course in an unfair light – it’s really not as easy as that makes it sound, and with the weather set very nice this week in Michigan we expect the test to be a little more taxing.
The fairways are on the thin side, and if the rough is up – remember, there won’t be any patrons around to trample the long grass down – then finding the short stuff could be absolutely key this week.
The greens are of a more generous size than TPC River Highlands or Harbour Town but they are undulating in profile, and so that means finding the right portion. There will be less emphasis on short game this week compared to hitting the ball well from tee to green – a common trait for courses designed by the legendary Donald Ross.
So, with all of this in mind, who makes the grade for our Rocket Mortgage Classic sleeper shortlist?
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2019-2020)
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Total Made Cuts (Includes Sleepers)
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