Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t hoisted a trophy on the PGA Tour since 2018 and will be competing at the Detroit Golf Club for the first time.
Even so, he’s heavily favored entering the Rocket Mortgage Classic over Webb Simpson, who sits four spots higher in the official world golf rankings and is coming off a victory in his latest start.
DeChambeau was being offered at +650 by DraftKings on Wednesday afternoon compared to +1100 for Simpson, and the bets just keep coming in for the bulked-up DeChambeau.
Entering the day with 10 percent of the total bets on DeChambeau, DraftKings saw that rise to 12 percent by mid-day. Money bet on DeChambeau was accounting for 18 percent of the total handle.
Simpson, who has two wins in his past four starts and four runner-up finishes in his past 16 worldwide events, was at 4 percent in each category.
Granted, DeChambeau has six consecutive top-eight finishes dating back to before the Tour was halted for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is consistently bombing drives after putting on another 20 pounds of bulk during the hiatus, and he plans to overpower the relatively short Detroit Golf Club.
“Just going to keep hitting it as far as I can, wedging it on the green and making some putts,” DeChambeau said Tuesday. “Being able to hit an 8-iron 195 yards is a pretty good asset, I’d say.
“So even though it limits my driving capabilities, my irons are going to be a lot shorter going into the greens no matter what club I have in, yardage I have in.”
DeChambeau was +150 to finish within the top five, well ahead of the next player on the board, England’s Tyrrell Hatton at +300.
Norway’s Viktor Hovland has also been a popular pick among bettors.
The second-year pro tied for 13th at last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, and he enters this week’s event with three consecutive top-25 finishes. That has propelled him into the top 50 for the first time.
“Last week I felt like … all around my game was getting a little better here and there,” Hovland said Wednesday. “Just a cool putter at the end of the week kind of hindered a really good finish, but I feel like my game is definitely going in the right direction.”
In a field featuring only four of the world’s top 15 players, 9 percent of the handle and 8 percent of the total bets have been placed on Hovland (+2000). That tops fan-favorite Rickie Fowler (+3300), who was at 6 percent in each category despite missing the cut in each of his two starts since the Tour resumed.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)