The PGA TOUR heads to Detroit over Fourth of July weekend for the third edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Expect fireworks again as low scores have dominated this event at Detroit Golf Club. The cut line has been 4 and 5-under-par in two tournaments, and last year’s heavy favorite Bryson DeChambeau won by three shots at 23-under-par.
Seven players ranked in the top 30 in the world are in the field including No. 9 Patrick Reed. Also, Webb Simpson and 2021 Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama are top 20 and among the favorites as well.
Rocket Mortgage Classic Odds
Notable Players at the Rocket Mortgage Classic
Big bomber Bryson returns as a two-time winner this season, and DeChambeau is ranked No. 6 in the world. He’s joined by No. 9-ranked and 2021 Farmers Insurance Open winner Patrick Reed, No. 13 Webb Simpson and 16th-ranked 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. Another two-time winner this season in the field is Jason Kokrak, along with Sungjae Im, Will Zalatoris, Joaquin Niemann and 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who makes his first start in the event. Last year’s runner-up Max Homa also tees it up again in Detroit.
- Bryson DeChambeau (No. 6 OWGR)
- Patrick Reed (9)
- Webb Simpson (13)
- Hideki Matsuyama (16)
- Jason Kokrak (25)
- Will Zalatoris (29)
- Phil Mickelson (30)
- Joaquin Niemann (31)
- Garrick Higgo (38)
- Max Homa (40)
- Kevin Kisner (52)
Also in the field are Gary Woodland, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Kramer Hickok, who at 300-1 last week was tied for the 54-hole lead at the Travelers Championship with Bubba Watson, who is also playing in Detroit. Kevin Kisner is playing and will move into the top 50 of the world rankings following his sizzling final round 63 and top-10 finish last week at the Travelers. Also, 22-year-old South African Garrick Higgo tees it up for just his fourth PGA TOUR start after winning the Palmetto Championship last month in his second start on TOUR to move him into the top 40 of the world rankings. 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic winner Nate Lashley also returns.
Rocket Mortgage Recent Winners and Runner-ups:
- 2020 – Bryson DeChambeau (-23), Matthew Wolff
- 2019 – Nate Lashley (-21), Doc Redman
Course and Tournament Information
- Course: Detroit Golf Club (North)
- Location: Detroit, MI
- Date: July 1-4
- Par: 72 / Yardage 7,370
- Purse: $7.5 Million / Winner $1.35 M
- Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass / poa annua, Bluegrass mix
- Greens: Bentgrass / poa annua
- TV: Golf Channel all four days and CBS final three hours on Saturday and Sunday
- Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau
- Twitter: @RocketClassic
It rains birdies at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Soggy weather leading into the event and scattered showers projected on Thursday will soften the smaller, undulating greens. Tree-lined fairways on the front nine with more bunkers projecting the greens have provided little defense against the pro golfers. Three reachable Par-5s add to the birdie bonanza on the Donald Ross-designed course was renovated prior to the 2019 event, and it ranks as the flattest golf course on the PGA TOUR, according to ShotLink data.
Rocket Mortgage Classic Opens Door To Longshots In Contention
With a shootout more likely, it widens the list of players with longer golf betting odds to contend. While favorite Bryson DeChambeau won last year, it was 250/1 longshot and last man in the field Nate Lashley who won the event in 2019 with another big longshot, Doc Redman finishing runner-up.
Plenty of other bigger longshots have hit the leaderboard in the event. That opens the door to more popular prop bets and the opportunity to cash in on more longshots for top-10 finish or as potential winners.