PGA Tour best bets: Rocket Mortgage Classic

July 26, 2022 08:30 PM
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Tony Finau became just the third player in the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season to win an event as the pre-tournament favorite (14-1) at last week’s 3M Open in the Twin Cities. Sam Burns (16-1) at the Sanderson Farms Championship and Jon Rahm (9-2) at the Mexico Open were the others. Finau began the final round five strokes behind leader Scott Piercy, but Piercy’s collapse and Finau’s good play turned the tables. Piercy was -145 to win the event and Finau + 450 entering Sunday. With the lead still five after Piercy hit the eighth green in regulation and Finau missed the ninth green, Piercy was -700 and Finau went as high as + 700. Piercy would end up carding bogeys on Nos. 8, 9, 11 and 13 before a triple bogey on 14 effectively ended his chances. 

This week, Finau is back in the field as the second choice on the board (14-1 market average) at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. Patrick Cantlay (10-1) makes his debut in Detroit and is back in the fold from a top-10 finish at the British Open two weeks ago. Will Zalatoris (16-1) has three runners-up this season, only topped by former Wake Forest teammate Cameron Young (20-1), who has four, including two weeks ago at St. Andrews. One of Young's second-place finishes was at the Wells Fargo Championship in May to Max Homa (25-1). 

Australian Cam Davis (33-1) is the defending champion here, having won in a playoff over Troy Merritt (66-1) and Joaquin Niemann. Davis finished sixth at the Barracuda and 16th at the 3M Open over the last two weeks. Kevin Kisner (35-1) finished eighth here last year and third in 2020. Adam Scott is in Detroit for the first time and is priced at 40-1 along with Davis Riley, Keegan Bradley, Adam Hadwin (fourth here in 2020), Cameron Tringale (fifth here in 2019), Maverick McNealy (eighth here in 2020) and Webb Simpson (also eighth in 2020). 

The Event

The Rocket Mortgage Classic is in its fourth year in Detroit as a PGA Tour event. 

Last week's field at the 3M Open only had three of the OWGR Top 25 players. This week's event has five of the Top 20, including the fourth-ranked Cantlay. 

This tournament is one of the last two events (Wyndham Championship next week) for players to assure themselves of a spot in the Top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings.

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