Rocket Mortgage Classic: Betting preview & predictions

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MEMPHIS, TN – AUGUST 07: Will Zalatoris hits a shot during the third round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, August 7, 2021 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire)

After Tony Finau was somehow able to steal the 3M Open from Scott Piercy on Sunday, the PGA Tour rolls onto Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the event, including how to get a FREE $1500 bet with Caesars by signing up here

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The venue for the Rocket Mortgage Classic

Detroit Golf Club fits right in with the recent trend of simple courses without much in the way of punishment. Maybe it’s because the Scottish and British Opens were so pesky to navigate, but Detroit is a tree-lined course that features very little in the way of risks for long-drivers to be aware of.

There are four par 5’s on this par 72 and 10 par 4’s. A huge chunk of these holes are absolutely gettable for the big boys, and naturally, GIR will be a huge stat to watch this week. If you really want to focus on stats to look at, anything on the green will be a great place to start as this course does little to separate anyone from tee-to-green.

The favorites

Patrick Cantlay heads the field here at +800 and with good reason. He’s finished inside the top 10 in 3 of his last 5 events, and all five have been inside the top 15. He’s a cerebral player often overlooked because he doesn’t demand the spotlight like many. But backing any golfer under 10/1 is always tricky as the value is already well and truly baked in.

Will Zalatoris (+1200), Tony Finau (+1400) and Max Homa (+1400) are next up in the betting markets. The first tour win has eluded Zalatoris up to this point in heartbreaking fashion, but a 28th place finish at the British Open showed that one of the premier ball-strikers on the planet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Finau won the 3M Open last week, and the summer of Max has been thrilling to watch. Both players now have wins on the year, but Homa’s piping hot run came to an end with a missed cut at The Open. Finau is the hotter of the two, but if you want to follow the rule of not betting someone the week after a win, then Homa is the play here.

The field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

Chris Kirk could be a really intriguing play here at +4000. He’s had two top-25 finishes in a row here and has been excellent around the green, gaining 0.56 strokes on the field. His putting is a concern around a course like this, but he’s proven himself at Detroit twice in a row, so betting a top-20 finish could be a really solid play.

If you want course history, look no further than Troy Merritt. Not only is he gaining 0.5 strokes on the field through putting, he’s had back-to-back top-10’s at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. At +6000, it’s absolutely worth a punt.

If it’s the putter you want to focus on, then Denny McCarthy may be the man of the hour at +3500. He’s probably the best on tour with the flat stick, has 4 top-25’s to his name in his last 7 events, and came 21st here in 2019.

Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire

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