Rocket Mortgage Classic Betting Underdogs

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Doc Redman prepares to puss on the first green during the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in McKinney, Texas, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The third Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club will take place this weekend with defending champion and two-time 2021 PGA Tour winner Bryson DeChambeau in the field. DeChambeau birdied the final three holes in 2020 to finish at 23 under par 265 to defeat Matthew Wolff by three shots.

The Detroit Golf Club’s North Course measures 7,370 yards, plays to a par 72, and yields a lot of birdies and low scores. The 2019 champion Nate Lashley shot 25 under par 263 in the debut for the event, so players know they need to go low if they’re going to have a chance at victory against a field that is lacking a lot of the top players in the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup point standings.

Doc Redman comes in at +4100 as he looks to capture his first win on the PGA Tour.

Betting Odds at Detroit Golf Club

DeChambeau is the clear favorite in the odds at +700 but hasn’t been playing the way he was earlier in the year when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and finished third in the Players Championship in consecutive starts in March. Former Masters champion Patrick Reed, who has been flirting with another win to add to his Farmers Insurance Open victory in January, is at +1100.

Current Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is next at +1400, followed by former U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson at +1800 and Joaquin Niemann at +2100. Popular Will Zalatoris has odds of +2300 in search of his first Tour win, while two-time 2021 Tour winner Jason Kokrak and last year’s runner-up Matthew Wolff are at +2600.

Jason Day is at +2900 following a strong performance last week, while Bubba Watson is at +4100 after his back nine collapse at the Travelers. Phil Mickelson has odds of +6600, Brandt Snedeker is at +7700, and crowd favorite Harry Higgs comes in with odds of +22000.

Underdog Betting Picks

It might be purely a sentimental pick, but an easy golf course with less stress might be just the thing Rickie Fowler at +3400 needs to break out of a prolonged slump and get his first win in two and half years. He missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship after a second round of five over par 75, but his tie for eighth in the PGA Championship followed by an eleventh place tie in the Memorial shows that he may be close to getting back into contention. 

Doc Redman tied for second at the Palmetto Championships at Congaree earlier in June and was in contention entering the weekend last week at the Travelers before going four over par on the weekend and dropping into a tie for 61st. The former Clemson 23-year-old, at +4100 odds, has yet to capture a PGA Tour win, but the Rocket Mortgage Venue sets up well to produce a first-time winner.

Anyone looking for a real longshot should take a look at Kramer Hickok, who went eight playoff holes before being defeated by Harris English, but the University of Texas journeyman had to have gained a great deal of confidence with his performance. He comes in with odds of +11800 but wouldn’t be the first player to bounce back from a tough loss to win in their next start, which would be his first on the PGA Tour.

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