The third playing of the Rocket Mortgage Classic includes only four of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Sixth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau will attempt to become the first player to successfully defend his title in the event after beating Matthew Wolff by three shots at the Detroit Golf Club last year.
Tournament notes, betting odds and best bets:
ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC
- Detroit, Mich., July 1-4
- Course: Detroit Golf Club (Par 72, 7,370 yards)
- Purse: $7.5M (Winner: $1.35M)
- Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau
- FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay
HOW TO WATCH
- TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
- PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes).
- DeChambeau (+775 at DraftKings) is the strong pre-tournament favorite. The defending champion has made 11 consecutive cuts and is coming off a T19 at the Travelers Championship. He has been backed by 10 percent of the handle and six percent of the total outright winner bets at DraftKings, both the most among the field.
- Patrick Reed (+1200) missed the cut last year but returns in good form with a solo fifth, T19 and T25 in his past three starts.
- Joaquin Niemann (+2200) finished T5 at the Detroit Golf Club in 2019. However, he did not play in last year’s event and Niemann’s best finish in his past five starts is a T30.
- Jason Kokrak (+3000) is already a two-time winner this season. He’s coming off a missed cut at the U.S. Open following his win at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and is being backed by four percent of both the handle and outright winner bets.
- Matthew Wolff (+3000) held the 54-hole lead only to be surpassed by DeChambeau on Sunday. He has a T15 and an MC in two starts since returning from a two-month break to focus on his mental health. Wolff has been backed by three percent of both the handle and total outright winner bets.
- Kevin Kisner (+3500) finished third last year and is coming off a T5 that included a pair of 63s last week.
- Doc Redman (+5500) finished second in 2019 and T21 last year. He leads the way at DraftKings with eight percent of the handle and five percent of the bets to be the leader after the first round.
- The field includes only four players in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking: No. 6 DeChambeau, No. 9 Reed, No. 15 Webb Simpson (+1900) and No. 18 Hideki Matsuyama (+1900), but does feature 13 past major champions.
- DeChambeau passed Wolff on Sunday to win by three shots last year.
- Phil Mickelson (+8500) will make his tournament debut in his first PGA Tour event in Michigan since the 2002 Buick Open.
- Sponsors exemptions include Austin Eckroat (+16000), Davis Thompson (+16000) and Michigan native Willie Mack III (+125000), a veteran of the APGA Tour.
- Jeff Roth (+125000), 63, is in the field. A winner of more than 70 professional tournaments and a member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, Roth’s exemption into the event from winning the 2019 Michigan PGA Professional Championship was canceled last year due to COVID-19 protocols.
- Will Zalatoris (+2650) is ranked 29th in the world but as a special temporary member of the PGA Tour needs a victory to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)