The PGA Tour resumes with the fourth post-lockdown event at Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This tournament was first held here in 2019 with 36-year-old Nate Lashley picking up his one and only PGA Tour win on that occasion.
The field looks stronger for this year’s event although there will be a drop in quality after last week’s Travelers Championship. Five of the world’s top twenty will take to the course this weekend.
Let’s take a look at the betting.
Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau has threatened in the last three events and the path looks clear for him to pick up his sixth PGA Tour win of his career against this weakened field. However, it’s clear that the markets expect the same – the Californian is just +600 to win this weekend with CanPlay. He will still attract plenty of bettors at that price although it seems to us that the value lies further down the field.
Last year’s runner-up, Doc Redman, can be backed at +4000 at the time of writing. Redman was almost a complete unknown before his second place finish in Detroit last year. He started 2019 playing on the Canadian Tour, earning entry into the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic via a qualifier. Since then, he has a very respectable T20 finish at The Open to his name as well as two top 15 finishes in the PGA Tour. He looks poised to break in to the top 10 sooner rather than later and this could be his time to do it. Redman is a worthy EW candidate.
Kevin Na is another man who has attracted plenty of attention in recent weeks. He has three tour victories in the last two seasons. The Las Vegas based player performed very well to finish fifth at last week’s Travelers Championship. Na is our standout pick for the week at +3300.
With little form or course history to go on it’s probably wise to look further down the field again. After all, Nate Lashley was available to back at +100000 before last year’s tournament.
Lanto Griffin was one of the form players of 2019 and he is an attractive +10000 with CanPlay. His maiden career win at the Houston Open in October was sandwiched between a slew of top twenty finishes. However, it looks like the enforced hiatus may have come just at the wrong time for Griffin. He missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge and the RBC Heritage before recovering to card four under par rounds to finish T24 at last week’s Travelers Championship. If he can produce something similar here then he may be in the running.
Finally, our last pick for this weekend’s tournament is Ryan Armour. The 44-year-old from Ohio has only one PGA Tour victory on his card – a 2017 win at the Sanderson Farms Tournament. His form since then is patchy to say the least. The No. 194 has more missed cuts than top 10 finishes to his name. At this tournament last year he was -11 after two rounds before slipping back to T46 with a poor performance at the weekend. He impressed last week at the Travelers playing alongside Rory McIlroy on Sunday. There he finished -15 for a season best T6 finish. Another top 10 would be a good performance this weekend for Armour. You can back him EW at +15000 with CanPlay.
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