The PGA TOUR travels to Detroit this week to kick off the Midwest swing. This week’s tour stop is a new one, The Rocket Mortgage Classic and will be played at Detroit Golf Club. Detroit Golf Club features two courses. This week’s tournament will be played on the North Course which is a par 72 layout stretching to a bit over 7,300 yards.
Originally designed in 1916 by Donald Ross, the course went through a redesign last year in anticipation of this event. Indications is that the rough will be grown out to about 3 1/2 inches and greens will be mowed tight. The green surfaces are poa annua, just like Pebble Beach but not.
The Donald Ross design and poa annua greens will have an impact on who we choose and you will definitely see that reflected in our picks. I hope the information you read below will be helpful with your DraftKings golf picks. On with the show!
These statistics are key to success at Detroit Golf Club
- Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Par 5 Scoring Average
- Birdies or Better %
Horses For The Course
Well, hate to say it, but none. First time for everything and Detroit gets its first shot to host the pros this week.
Top Tier Picks
- Hideki Matsuyama ($10,200) – He’s just too good not to take a gander at. 16/16 in cuts made in 2019 and ranks 5th in SGT2G and 4th SGA. Carrying 4 straight top 25s and 10 total for 2019.
- Brandt Snedeker ($9,900) – Salary is a bit inflated but that may just keep his draft numbers down. Strokes Gained: Total on Doanld Ross
designs, 1.931. Strokes Gained: Putting on poa, 1.952. Combine those two numbers with a reasonably weak field and this pick looks good if you can fit the salary in.
- Billy Horschel ($9,000) – Similar to Sneds, great record on Donald Ross designs. T2s last year ant Aronomik and East Lake and of course the win at East Lake in 2014. Horschel ranks 22nd in the Sagarin Rankings which means he beats 80% of the field consistently.
Other Options: Dustin Johnson ($12,000), Ryan Moore ($9,500)
Mid Tier Picks
- Sungjae Im ($8,800) – Has an impressive 11 top 25s during his rookie season. Ranks 14th in Par 5 Scoring and 24th in Birdie or Better %.
Solid 66 to finish off the Travelers last Sunday.
- Aaron Wise ($8,200) – First start since being in the mix at the US Open. Should be riding some pretty good confidence. Ranks 13th in Birdie or Better %. Another player that should be very strong against a weak field.
- Charles Howell III ($7,800) – Any time this guy is under $8k you have to take a look. He is an ATM, he is 19th in career earnings, a number that would surprise most. Has 4 top 10s in 19 starts and is solidly ranked in the key stats.
Other Options: Kevin Streelman ($8,600), Jason Kokrak, ($8,300), Kyle Stanley ($7,700)
Low Tier Picks
- Zack Sucher ($7,300) – Cause, why not? Great story from the Travelers despite his struggles Saturday. The T2 won him $633,000. I think he can pay those credit cards off now. Not to mention no Monday qualifying.
- Brian Stuard ($7,100) – Home game for this Oaklnad University product. Hits it awfully straight and should have a lot of family and friends rooting him on.
- Chip McDaniel ($6,300) – Was going to group him with the super sleepers but needed to highlight this guy more. Successfully made it
through Springfield, OH Monday qualifier for US Open. Flew to Pebble, made the cut and took a red eye to Boston for Travelers Monday qualifying. Made that field and finished T43. Received a very deserved sponsors exemption this week. I think he’ll take advantage.
Other Options: Adam Long ($6,900), Alex Prugh ($7,000)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guy that could make a run and finish high on the leader board.
- Ryan Armour ($6,900)
- K.H. Lee ($7,900)
- Michael Thompson ($7,300)
- Steven Jaeger ($7,100)
The Golf Geek’s Picks
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