Rocket Mortgage Classic - Winner

We head to Detroit for the third time in succession for this event and after a few years we have a pretty fair idea about how the course will play. Dechambeau and Wolff took it apart last year with brute force but it does seem any type of game could flourish here. This is one of the easier tracks on the tour with Lashley winning at 25 under two years ago, and Bryson managing 23 under last year. The course doesn't test any part of the game really and with recent rainfall there it promises to play even easier than the previous two renewals. It is difficult to rule anyone out of this event simply because it provides so many opportunities so from a punting perspective it's a puzzle not the easiest to solve. 

Joaquin Niemann at 25/1

If a power game is to translate well here again then I'm prepared to stick with Joaquin Niemann for another week. The Chilean is now one of the longest in the game and is slowly becoming a player on whom you can rely upon in almost all departments to deliver. His finishes of late, 31st at the US Open and 36th last week aren't quite indicative of how well he has played. This week he has the room to open his shoulders and gain the advantage off the tee that his power game deserves. Around the greens has been issue all year for Niemann and the tests don't come much easier than this. He shouldn't have an awful lot to contend with should he miss any greens and there's a fair possibility he fires in a stupendous round in the low 60s at some stage during the tournament. Of the others around him in the market he makes much more appeal at the prices and with 20 under plus needed here I'd prefer to side with the likes of Niemann at this price than the single figures of Bryson.

2pts each-way J.Niemann  25/1 (1/5 6)

Joaquin Niemann - 2pts e/w @ 25/1

Webb Simpson at 18/1

With reports of thicker rough this year it could play even more into the bombers hands, but if it doesn't Webb Simpson should be on hand to capitalise. He has a super record on Ross designs. Here talks about his love for this track in particular and the chances it gives you to score. "You know, most of the weeks on the PGA TOUR, they're very challenging and tough to make birdies, but this week is a great mix of the fairways are pretty wide, but there is rough, it is penal if you miss the fairways and the pins have been very tricky. These greens are constantly moving all different directions. So yeah, that's what I enjoy about it, kind of old-school, dogleg golf course with big trees". Simpson lead here after two rounds last year starting 68-64 only to stall to finish 8th over the weekend. He never turns up for the Farmers so the missed cut at Torrey is of little worry whatsoever. This track is much more suitable and he should go well.

2pts each-way W.Simpson  18/1 (1/5 8)

Webb Simpson - 2pts e/w @ 18/1

Cameron Champ at 175/1

We so very nearly landed the jackpot last year with Wolff at triple figures and I believe a similar approach with a few similar profiles could pay off once again. Wolff came here last year having missed the cut in the 2019 edition and having missed the cut on his two previous starts. He then gathered momentum with plenty of birdie opportunities. A player of similar credentials and game is Cameron Champ. Now Champ certainly arrives in Detroit in much worse form than what Wolff did last year and looks all at sea. His strokes gained stats are absolutely through the floor but you only need to look back to 5 starts ago when he posted a top 30 in the Masters. We all know what Champ is capable of and with two wins in a short career to date he will surely hit those heights once again soon. Detroit is one of those places we can chance him at triple figures simply because the penalties around here are non existent. Around the green is also very straightforward at this track and that has proved a problem for Champ of late. Off the tee he is still consistent but the rest of the game is struggling in its entirety. Like Wolff though, this represents a chance to turn that form around and with Champ's super attitude to the game it could happen at any moment.

1.5pts each-way C.Champ  175/1 (1/5 8)

Cameron Champ - 1.5pts e/w @ 175/1

Chris Kirk at 90/1

Similar to Simpson, Chris Kirk has a great record at Ross designs and this could be the week where he gets back into the winners circle. He has performed to a high standard all year without really getting the credit. Four top ten finishes and a further three top 20s show how consistent he has been and some week soon he may just the four rounds together. Whilst this track isn't overly short, it certainly isn't extremely long and gives him more of a chance to compete. He has threatened a win a few times this year and now back on a Ross design the 80/1 looks very tempting.

1.5pts each-way C.Kirk  90/1 (1/5 8)

Chris Kirk - 1.5pts e/w @ 90/1

Sebastian Munoz at 125/1

Another at triple figures worth chancing is Sebastian Munoz. Munoz has missed his last three cuts but as I've said previously recent form can somewhat go out the window when arriving in Detroit as the playing field is levelled a fair degree. Just four starts ago he was third in a much stronger Charles Schwab. That was mostly down to a hot putter which has since deserted him a little but if he can get it rolling here he knows how to win and I certainly wouldn't want to underestimate him if in contention at the weekend.

0.75pt each-way S.Munoz 125/1 (1/5 8)

Sebastian Munoz - 0.75pts e/w @ 125/1

Scott Piercy at 200/1

I'll take a chance on Scott Piercy at 200/1. Forever a player who performs well on the easier tracks Piercy was let down last week by a poor putter. Previous to that he was 19th at the Palmetto and 11th a few starts previous at Quail Hollow. This is Piercy's first visit to the track and should he manage to hole a few putts the 200/1 could look big come Sunday. A risky play but he is certainly worth considering when the tour rolls into places like these and I'll take the chance. 

0.5pt each-way S.Piercy  200/1 (1/5 8)

Scott Piercy - 0.5pts e/w @ 200/1