2023 PGA Picks: Rocket Mortgage Classic Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
For a fifth consecutive year, the PGA will head to the Detroit Golf Club to play the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The event should be a low-scoring affair and will host 156 entrants. It is not considered a designated event on Tour, so superstars like Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, and Rory Mcllroy are taking the week off to rest. Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, and Collin Morikawa are the co-favorites to win the event. Hideki Matsuyama, JT, Max Homa, and Sungjae Im round out the second tier of favorites to take home the victory on Sunday. We will look below at some of the best bets for this week in Detroit.
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A Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 12 and ties with the lowest golf odds to win it all at online sportsbooks
Tony Finau +1400 – Rickie Fowler +1400 – Collin Morikawa +1400 – Hideki Matsuyama +1600
Max Homa +1800 – Justin Thomas +1800 – Tom Kim +2000 – Sungjae Im +2000
Keegan Bradley +2500 – Cam Davis +3000 – Ludvig Aberg +4000 – Brian Harman +4000
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
A Donald Ross design, Detroit Golf Club is a par 72 layout that measures just shy of 7,400 yards. The course has Bentgrass greens and is extremely flat throughout. The front nine is heavily tree-lined while the back nine is very wide open. History suggests this tournament should be a birdie fest this year. Three of the four events here have eclipsed -20. A windy round three in 2021 is the only year that fell short. There are also four par 5s on the course that average under par scoring so taking advantage of these holes is key to succeed. It will take birdies in bunches and maybe a few eagles to win this event.
Tony Finau +1400
Finau has not been playing his best golf of late, but the same could be said leading up to the Mexico Open earlier this season where he defeated Jon Rahm by three strokes. He still ranks sixth in this field in SG: Total and fourth in SG: Tee-to-Green over his past 24 rounds. He also tends to play well on courses that dish out easy birdie opportunities. This trend started in 2021 where he beat Cam Smith at the Northern Trust with a 20-under-par score. Since then, he has won four events, including two of which where he finished with 24 and 26-under-par scores. Finau’s an easy play at 14-1 odds this week.
Rickie Fowler +1400
It has been a resurgent 2023 for the 34-year-old. After contending and leading the U.S. Open two weeks ago, Fowler fired his lowest career round on the PGA Tour last week with a third-round 60 at the Travelers Championship. A win feels so close as he has gained strokes on Approach in 13 of 14 starts this year, as well as gaining an average of 6.4 SG: Tee-to-Green over his last five tournaments. Back Fowler to get back into the winner’s circle in a low stress environment this weekend.
Sungjae Im +2000
I have been on the Im train all season and I am not going to abandon him. He played relatively well last week at the Travelers Championship and I love his chances this week. Birdies will come in bunches and this is the type of tournament that Im finds success in. He heads to Detroit ranked first overall in Round 3 scoring and third in Par 5 Birdie or Better scoring. I am backing Im to get his third career PGA victory this weekend.
Adam Schenk +5500
This is a golden opportunity for Schenk to pick up his first career PGA victory against a relatively mediocre field. He is one of just five players this week to rank above-average in SG: Ball Striking, SG: Short Game, Birdies or Better Gained, Driving Distance, and Course & Comp Course History. This season has been a career-best with a pair of runner-up finishes and two top-10 finishes in his last four events.
Golf Picks: Who to Consider This Week:
Picks to win: Finau, Fowler, Im, Schenk
Pick for top-10: Schenk +550