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Rob Cobley’s Rocket Mortgage Classic Tips

Kevin Kisner - 35/1 To Win Garrick Higgo - 50/1 To Win Brandt Snedeker - 80/1 To Win

The Course

The North Course, Detroit Golf Club - Grosse Point Farms, Michigan - Par 72, 7,300 Yards

This week we head to the manufacturing heartlands of the United States, and to the unlikely venue of Detroit for the third staging of the Rocket Mortgage Classic which replaced the Quicken Loans. This relatively new venue, which sits just 15 minutes north of the State Capital of Michigan was originally designed by quirky course designer Donald Ross back in 1914, and was modernised by Robert Trent Jones Senior back in 1953.

A fairly unimaginative and flat parkland course, with trees lining the fairways and rough fairly benign, Detroit is an easy and unremarkable course where recent winners have finished on 25 and 23 under par. Aside from the trees which provide a realistic obstacle on most holes, the course’s main defence comes from well placed bunkering and water which is very much in play on 4 holes. The greens are small but fast, and the venue will most likely suit a player who can strategically work his way around the course, avoid trouble (particularly around the greens), and most importantly make some putts. Dechambeau overpowered the course last year, but putting remains the key with such a low winning score likely.

Recent Winners

Year | Winner | Score 2020: Bryson Dechambeau -23 2019: Nate Lashley -25

The Market Leaders

Bryson Dechambeau (15/2) won here by three strokes on his first appearance last season, and the bug hitting American is the short priced favourite to defend his title here in Detroit. The odds on Dechambeau largely make sense despite his relative inability to sustain a challenge in any of his recent events. Despite a host of top 30s, he has been unable to take that next step, but will feel very at home on this friendly track. Last year Bryson overpowered Detroit Golf Club, but he was also 7th in the field for strokes gained putting, and it was that improvement relative to his normal game that saw him have so much success. If he is to contend this week, that will need to hold up, and I'm not sure his short game is in quite a good enough place to achieve such a low winning score. He is a no bet for me.

Patrick Reed (10/1) was 5th here back in 2019, and looks a real runner this week despite his missed cut in the following renewal in 2020. Reed is a fantastically consistent putter who can shoot very low scores, and he has contended well lately with top 20s at The Memorial, USPGA, and the US Open. The concern really is the price. The market has well and truly picked up on Reed's chances, and he has to be too short at 10s however well he is playing. He is another to pass by this week.

Webb Simpson (12/1) finished 8th here last year but has played very little golf in the last two months barring a missed cut at the US Open, and he fails to offer any appea. Meanwhile Hideki Matsuyama (16/1) regularly fails to deliver in this type of event, and has finishes of 13, 21 in his two visits here.

Rob's Golf Betting Tips

Headline Betting Tip

Kevin Kisner: 35/1 To Win

Kevin Kisner put a run of poor form behind him when shooting a best of the field final round of 65 to tie for 5th at the Travelers Championship last week. That came on the back of making the cut at the US Open on an uncomfortable setup, and there is a lot to like this week about the man who finished 3rd last year. Kisner is very capable of going low and making a whole lot of birdies. His game is similar to Reed's, but at over three times the price, the three time Tour winner from South Carolina looks the much better bet. He is similar to Lashley and could well follow up that closing seven under par round from last week with four more low ones here. He is my pick of the week, and I have backed him with 3 Points e/w at 25/1.

Other Tips

Garrick Higgo: 50/1 To Win

South African Garrick Higgo has absolutely burst onto the golfing scene this year after a couple of years of finding his feet, and when the 22 year old followed up two wins in three weeks on the European Tour by winning the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, the golfing World stood up and took note of this exceptional talent. He has subsequently missed the cut on a couple of long, tough courses but arrives in Detroit refreshed and at a course that he should absolutely love. All of Higgo's wins have come at open, exposed, tracks and the winning scores have been 22, 20 and 11 under par showing that he has no fear of going low. It will take another huge effort to win here in probably the most competitive field he has faced outside of the US Open, but Higgo has the game and should not be near this price where I have backed him with 2 Points e/w at 50/1.

Brandt Snedeker: 80/1 To Win

My final selection is Brandt Snedeker who I have decided to throw in as, again, the price seems too big on an in-form player that loves going low. Snedeker finished 5th here two years ago and has only missed one cut this season (last week). I am convinced there is a win awaiting Snedeker this year, and this probably represents the best chance. I have backed him with 2 Points e/w at 80/1.

2021 P&L

Following a rolling profit of 300 points for the 2019 & 2020 seasons, I am looking for a great 2021, and have some fantastic bets lined up for events throughout the year on both the PGA and European Tours. Each week I will pick between 2 to 4 selections at each event, and suggest a suitable staking plan.

Tour Points
European Tour -82
PGA Tour +12
Total -70