NCG form expert Barry Plummer assesses the runners and riders for the Rocket Mortgage Classic
With the majority of players gearing up for the Open Championship in a few weeks, this looks to be a somewhat lighter field than we have been used to in recent weeks. However, with some of the big boys out of the way, I have done a deep dive into the PGA Tour archives to find three players I fancy to play well at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. But first…
Rocket Mortgage Classic details
Venue: Detroit Golf Club (North Course), Michigan, USA
Date: July 1-4, 2021
Course stats: Par 72; 7,340 yards
Course summary: This narrow, undulating, Donald Ross design is a true suburban parklands that caters to the strategists in the field. Tight, tree-lined fairways weave towards contoured greens, with just one water hazard for players to avoid. Tricky bunkering increases the premium on scrambling and, as always at Ross-designed tracks, accuracy will be crucial to success.
Purse: $7.5 million
Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau (-23)
Rocket Mortgage Classic TV times
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 11.45am, Sky Sports Golf from 1pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 9pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 1pm, Sky Sports Golf from 6pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 1.15pm, Sky Sports Golf from 5.30pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 1.15pm, Sky Sports Golf from 5.30pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm
Bazza’s Banker: Kevin Kisner @ 35/1 with Bet365
The old phrase ‘horses for courses’ could not be more relevant with this selection, as Detroit Golf Club is perfect for Kevin Kisner. The three-time PGA Tour winner was 3rd here last year, and put in a steady performance last week to finish 5th. Kisner was ranked 3rd for SG: Putting and 5th for SG: Total last week, and that could spell danger for his opponents here if he can transfer that form over. While he wouldn’t be considered a market leader at this event, he certainly holds a lot of value at this price and I like his chances.
The outsider: Rickie Fowler @ 45/1 with Bet365
Rickie’s recent resurgence is exactly what we all wanted to see and, with a weaker field on duty this week, Fowler might not get a much better chance to secure a much overdue win. Fowler was 11th here last season, and has been in good form recently with two top-11 finishes in his last three events. A poor second round last week stunted his momentum slightly, but with impressive performances at the PGA Championship and The Memorial, Fowler looks to be on the right path. In fact, before that missed cut last week, Fowler ranked 31st for SG: Tee-to-green, 12th for SG: Around-the-green and 6th for SG: Putting for his last two events. This is a big, but probably justified, price for Rickie Fowler – so get on board while you still can.
The long shot: Ryan Armour @ 125/1 with Bet365
Last year we really got our season off to a flyer with a full place at 175/1 on Ryan Armour. I am hoping for similar success at a similar price this year, and maybe he could surprise a few and grab a second PGA Tour win. Armour loves this type of track, evidenced by the 4th place finish last season, and when you consider that he was 8th two starts ago he is certainly a very interesting contender. In round two at the Travelers last week, Armour ranked 1st for SG: Tee-to-green in a much stronger field, and those sorts of stats will be invaluable here. If Armour continues to play well, this price looks far too big to me.
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