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PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview

Original article published 17 October 2022

The PGA Tour is in Detroit, Michigan, this week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

WhatRocket Mortgage Classic, PGA Tour
WhereDetroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan
When11:45, Thursday 28th July 2022
How to watchSky Sports Golf
OddsPatrick Cantlay 11/1, Will Zalatoris 16/1, Cameron Young 18/1

Rocket Mortgage Classic

Tony Finau is chasing back-to-back PGA Tour victories in this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic, having won the 3M Open in fine style on Sunday. Finau had a five-shot final-round deficit in Minnesota last week, but ended up winning by three with a finishing flourish.

Finau is a 16/1 to lift more silverware at Detroit Golf Club. This mission might be more problematic, as he has a much stronger field to overcome. Five of the world's top 20 players are in attendance for the Rocket Mortgage.

Finau - the world number 16 - is one of them. Patrick Cantlay, Will Zalatoris, Cameron Young and Max Homa have joined the giant Utah man in Detroit. Cantlay, the world number four, is 11/1 to lift the trophy on Sunday.

Cantlay has had a consistent PGA Tour campaign and he won the Zurich Classic pairs event alongside Xander Schauffele in April. Cantlay is yet to win an event as an individual this year, though, so the FedEx Cup champion will be keen to put that right before the FedEx Cup playoffs start next month.

Zalatoris and Young are two of the best PGA Tour maidens in the world - and both have been impressing in Majors this year - so this relatively low-grade affair is a great opportunity for one of them to get off the mark. Zalatoris is a 16/1 chance, while Young, who finished runner-up in the Open Championship last time out, can be backed at 18/1.

Standard each-way terms of a quarter the odds, first five places, are available. There is also the Each Way Extra section, which offers different each-way terms with different odds.

Rocket Mortgage Classic course details

Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan, is a 7,370-yard, par-72, with four par-fives. The inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic took place in 2019 and this week's edition will be the fourth.

Bryson DeChambeau is on the honours board, but the Californian slugger has switched to the LIV Golf circuit, so is missing from this year's line-up.

Donald Ross is the Detroit GC course designer. Ross has crafted many other PGA Tour venues, including East Lake, home of the Tour Championship.

Despite tree-lined fairways, heavy bunkering and small greens, the course has proved straightforward for the PGA Tour stars, with winning scores of 25, 23 and 18 under par. The weather forecast for this week is superb, so another birdiefest seems in store

Rocket Mortgage Classic previous course winners taking part

Nate Lashley, Cam Davis

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Three to follow

Kevin Kisner

The 35/1 about Kevin Kisner catches the eye given the way he has bounced back into form over the last few weeks. The four-time PGA Tour champion finished sixth in the Travelers Championship, then followed up with 21st spot in the Open at St Andrews, where he fired a Saturday 65.

If Kisner has got his game back in the shape which helped him to finish fourth at Sawgrass and second in the WGC-Match Play earlier in the year, then the rest of the Rocket Mortgage Classic field is in trouble.

Kisner's last PGA Tour triumph came on a Donald Ross design - in the Wyndham Championship last summer - and on this week's Ross creation he has finished third and eighth in the last two Rocket Mortgage Classics.

Cam Davis

The defending champion is on offer at 33/1 this week, which is a noteworthy price about a player who has been swinging superbly in the last few months. Cam Davis could easily retain his trophy given the mood he is in.

Davis was third in the Heritage, seventh at Colonial, eighth in the John Deere Classic, sixth in the Barracuda, then 16th last week in the 3M Open. Detroit GC is the scene of his greatest triumph - a brave playoff success 12 months ago - so expect the Aussie ace to contend again.

Cameron Champ

Strong winds contributed to a dismal start from Cameron Champ in the 3M Open last week, but the powerhouse battled back impressively, going 13 under par for his final 55 holes and finishing the Minnesota event in 16th place.

The 50/1 about Champ could be generous given his sudden return to top form. He finished 12th in the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic and the three-time PGA Tour champion can go well again.

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