The Rocket Mortgage Classic is one of the newest stops on the PGA Tour, with the 7,370-yard, par-72 Detroit Golf Club hosting the third edition of the tournament. Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion after defeating Matthew Wolff by three shots after a closing seven-under-par 65, including three birdies to close out the round.
For golfers looking to get a week off before the Open Championship, the Rocket Mortgage Classic is their last chance to play in a tournament, but the field doesn’t really reflect it. Most of the top players in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) and the FedEx Cup point standings are choosing to sit this one out.
The Donald Ross design yields low scores to par, as do most PGA Tour venues that play to a par 72. In the first year of the event in 2019, Nate Lashley won at 25 under par 263, and last year DeChambeau prevailed at 23 under par 265.
At +700 odds, Bryson DeChambeau is the big favorite to pick up his second straight Rocket Mortgage Classic win.
Betting Odds for the Rocket Mortgage Classic
At +700 odds, Bryson DeChambeau is the big favorite to pick up his second straight Rocket Mortgage Classic and third PGA Tour victory of the season. Farmers Insurance Open winner Patrick Reed is next at +1100, followed by 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama at +1400.
Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is at +1800, Joaquin Niemann has odds of +2100, young sensation Will Zalatoris is at +2300, followed by two-time 2021 winner Jason Kokrak and last year’s runner up Matthew Wolff at +2600.
Jason Day and Bubba Wallace, who both competed on the weekend at last week’s Travelers Championship, are at +2900 and +4100, respectively. Rickie Fowler is looking to break out of a long slump at +3400, and Phil Mickelson is in the field with odds of +6600.
Betting Favorites in Detroit
The defending champion is clearly the class of the field, but that doesn’t mean much in golf, although DeChambeau played well last week until stalling out on the back nine on Sunday to finish in a tie for 19th after an even par 70 in his final round. He hasn’t played all that well since winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and coming in third the next week at the Players in March.
Webb Simpson has had a good season, but it hasn’t translated into a win for the former U.S. Open champion and seven-time winner of Tour. He’s only played in the two majors since a top ten finish at the Heritage in April, and this could be a good chance for Simpson to get his eighth Tour victory.
In last week’s Travelers Championship, Jason Day showed flashes of his old self by taking the lead into the weekend but could only manage a pair of even par 70’s on the weekend, at times showing signs of a gimpy back that clearly affected his play. If he can get them back in shape, Day can really go low, which is what is required to grab a victory at the gettable Detroit Golf Club.