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Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview
This week the PGA Tour heads to Michigan to take on the Donald Ross designed Detroit Golf Club. This is the first year of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The course will play over 7300 yards. There isn’t much information out yet since this is the first year of the tournament.
Defending Champion - N/A
Top Players In Field - Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Gary Woodland, Chez Reavie, Patrick Reed
Tournament Set-up Par: 72 Yardage: 7,330
Course Statistics Average Green Size: 5,150 sq. ft. Average Tee Size: 3,900 sq. ft. Acres of Fairway: 30 Number of Sand Bunkers: 87 Number of Water Hazards: 1
Greens: Bentgrass / poa annua .085”
Tees: Bentgrass / poa annua .350”
Fairways: Bentgrass / poa annua .350”
Rough: Bluegrass mix 3.5”
• Horton Smith, who won the first Masters Tournament, was a long-time head professional at Detroit Golf Club.
• There has been some re-routing for the tournament, including using a hole from the South Course as the South’s first hole will function as the tournament’s third hole and will be played from the North Course’s first- hole tee box.
• The usual eighth hole and ninth holes, will be No. 1 and No. 2 for the tournament.
• The oak tree located to the right side of the tee box on the original No. 1 was bent by Native Americans to mark the trail when traveling from Detroit to Saginaw.
Since this is the first year the Tour is at Detroit Golf Club so we don't have much information to go off of. This week will play similar to last weeks event at TPC River Highlands but just slightly longer. The grass conditions will be about the same. The stats I am going to be looking at are fairways hit, greens in regulation, and proximity to the hole from 110-150 and 200 yards. Lastly, I am going to look at putting from 30 feet.
Top Dog: Dustin Johnson is the highest ranked player in the field. his last five starts include 35, 20, 2, 28, 2 finishes.
Value Pick: Kevin Streelman is averaging 7 strokes gained total in his last 5 events. He has finished in 15, 4, 31, 45, 6, and 6 in his last 6 starts. His last missed cut was back in March. He is currently on a hot streak at a good value.
Course Fit/Cut Maker: Hideki Matsuyama is ranked 2nd in approach shots from 125-150 and 6th from 175-200. He putts best on Bent/Poa greens and he hasn't missed a cut yet this year.
Sleeper Pick: Brian Harman is the sleeper pick this week. He putts well on poa greens, he is coming into form by finishing 8th last week and made the cut in all of his starts in June so far.
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