Fantasy Golf Picks, Odds, and Predictions for the Rocket Mortgage Classic
Rocket Mortgage Classic Fantasy Preview
The beauty of golf is that – some courses at least – give everyone a shot at glory no matter how far they can hit the ball.
TPC River Highlands is one of those, and that’s perhaps why we had two such contrasting layers duking it out at the Travelers Championship last week – Dustin Johnson and Brendon Todd.
Given that he’s won twice this season already and held a two-shot lead heading into Friday’s final round, Todd was favored by some for his no-frills, all-round game.
But then you have Johnson, a former world number one, who is capable of smashing the ball into orbit and making low scores – as well as some very high ones when things aren’t going his way.
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It was a fascinating clash of styles to conclude the tournament, and in the end it was the pressure applied by DJ – he made two birdies in the opening five holes and four on the front nine – that buckled Todd’s tilt at a third PGA TOUR title this term. His final round featured zero birdies, two bogeys and a horrible treble at the twelfth.
It was Johnson’s 21st PGA TOUR win, but his first since the WGC-Mexico in the early weeks of 2019. As the old saying goes, you can’t keep a good man down….
There’s a bit of a sea-change on the Tour this week, with a number of the bigger stars deciding not to make the trip to Detroit, Michigan for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Last Week’s Fantasy Results
Last week DJ was the man to beat, along side of Kevin Streelman. The one-two power punch would have cashed in for you nicely!
We ran with Bryson as our top pick and finished short as Bryson struggled a bit during his Sunday round and ended up tied for 6th.
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2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic Field
At the time of writing, it was being rumored that Dustin Johnson has now withdrawn from the field this week after his triumph in Connecticut, and his absence will be felt in an otherwise low-key tournament.
Webb Simpson, with two wins in his last five starts, is arguably the headline act alongside Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and the ever-polarizing Bryson DeChambeau.
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Last year’s 1-2 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic – champion Nate Lashley and runner-up Doc Redman – also return, alongside winners on Tour this season in Tyrrell Hatton, Sungjae Im and Viktor Hovland.
Keep an eye out too for Sahith Theegala, one of the finest amateurs on the planet who has already landed the Ben Hogan and Fred Haskins awards.
This Week’s Course Preview
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Roughly this time a year ago we got our first look at Detroit GC as a PGA TOUR venue.
You won’t hear many of the players giving the layout a grilling – Nate Lashley won with a score of -25, and the cutline was at -4. This really was the archetypal jolly in the sun.
That’s something of a surprise really, given that the architect behind the track is Donald Ross, perhaps better known for East Lake (home of the TOUR Championship) and Sedgefield, the venue for the BMW Championship.
One thing that should be mentioned is that there was lots of rain in the build-up last year, and that meant that Detroit GC became a point-and-click shootout on the softest of greens. We don’t expect a repeat this time around.
This tree-lined Par 72 course measures in at 7,334 yards, and while the players won’t need their snorkels – there’s only one water hazard on the whole real estate, they might need to bring their bucket and spade – there’s plenty of dangerously-located bunkers protecting fairways and greens.
The undulating, average-sized Bentgrass/Poa Annua greens might be softish – this is a surface that tends to be affected by hot temperatures, but they will run at around 12 on the stimpmeter and so will provide a sterner test than they did 12 months ago.
The best defense for this golf course is its tight fairways, and with no patrons to trample the grass down there could be some punishment for those straying off-line from the tee.
Weather Forecast for Detroit, MI
The Tour may have traveled in-land from Connecticut to Michigan, but it’s essentially a case of as you were as far as the weather is concerned.
There’s plenty more sunshine around, among cloudier spells, with temperatures rebounding around the 88-94°F mark.
It will be relatively windy but nothing too dramatic, with speeds of around 13-16 mph anticipated.
Last Year’s Results for Rocket Mortgage Classic
It was one of golf’s great feel-good stories when Nate Lashley prospered in Detroit a year ago.
This was a guy whose life was destroyed when both of his parents and his girlfriend died in a plane crash, and a guy whose golfing aspirations were temporarily dismantled by a attack of the ‘yips’ and a complete loss of confidence.
Lashley put his life and his golf game back together and romped to victory in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, leading the field home by six shots to tie-up a fantastic wire-to-wire victory.
An opening 54-hole burst of 63-67-63 is always going to be hard to reel in, and while conditions toughened somewhat on the Sunday Lashley was still able to shoot 70 to wrap up a comprehensive victory.
The promising Doc Redman finished in second on -19, with Rory Sabbatini and Wes Roach one back in T3.
Where to Play Fantasy Golf for Rocket Mortgage Classic this Week
While the field is of a slightly lower quality this week, the DFS sites haven’t taken their foot off the gas with their raft of contests. There’s plenty to enjoy for budget players and high rollers alike!
- PGA $2.5 Millionaire: It seems as though the milly-maker is to be a weekly occurrence on the DK slate from now on, so why not enter a line-up or two – having the cut sweats is more fun than playing the lottery, after all! It’s $20 entry, but there are some fantastic consolation prizes aside from the million too.
- PGA $250k Drive the Green: Low rollers should consider this $5 entry contest this week. There’s still a very handy $50k jackpot prize to be won, and the top 25% of players will bank a profit from their ticket.
This Week’s Fantasy Notes for Rocket Mortgage Classic
Give the soft conditions, last year’s inaugural edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic became something of a putting contest – Lashley ranked second for Strokes Gained: Putting, as if to confirm the point.
It will be slightly different this year, and we believe there could be a premium on driving –both in terms of distance, because that always helps on Par 72 layouts, and accuracy, because we expect the rough to be up with no spectators to stamp it down.
The greens are of average size and undulating, and so finding the right portion is key – as ever, approaching from the short grass is preferable.
We don’t anticipate another -25 blitz unless the weather takes a surprising turn, however there is still a premium on birdies made at Detroit GC – the four Par 5s in particular are there for the taking.
A strong driving game, matched with some solid approach play to set up birdie opportunities, is the way to go at Detroit GC.
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