Best bets for PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic

June 29, 2021 07:30 PM
Harris English outlasted Kramer Hickok in an eight-hole playoff, which tied the second-longest playoff in PGA Tour history, to win the Travelers Championship. English now has two victories (Sentry Tournament of Champions and Travelers) in 2021 and has reached the highest OWGR in his career at No. 12. Hickok earned his best PGA Tour finish with a runner-up and moves from No. 322 to No. 137 in the world. Bubba Watson, tipped in this column last week at 50-1, held the lead through 13 holes on Sunday and was the odds-on favorite to win at that point but put a couple in the drink and ended up shooting 6 over (bogeys at 14, 15, 16, double bogey at 17 and another bogey on 18) for his last six holes and plummeted to a T-19 finish. 
This week, the PGA Tour moves to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, where Bryson DeChambeau (T-19 last week) will attempt to defend his title as the tournament favorite (15-2) once again. Patrick Reed (14-1) finished fifth here on debut but missed the cut last year. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (16-1) is one of the few players in the field to make the cut in both years of the event's existence and begins a busy month of July here before going on to the British Open and then the Olympics as the face of golf for the host nation, Japan. Webb Simpson (18-1) finished eighth last year and at least should have a better showing than his disastrous two rounds at the U.S. Open two weeks ago. Will Zalatoris (22-1), who is making his debut in Detroit, and Jason Kokrak (25-1) also are looking to rebound from missed cuts at the last major as well. Joaquin Niemann (25-1) still has not found his form from earlier in the year but did finish fifth on debut here in 2019.
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