Rocket Mortgage Classic Picks, Tips and Hunches

The PGA Tour heads to Detroit this week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club.

This is the first of two new events in large markets on the PGA Tour this season. Next week the Tour debuts in Minneapolis. If you’ve watched 10 minutes of golf coverage this season you’ve certainly seen the Rocket Mortgage commercial featuring Rickie Fowler and the annoying, clueless TV golf announcer guy.

Hopefully this tournament, played on an excellent course designed by Donald Ross in 1916, will be more enjoyable to watch. The layout measures 7,334 yards features tree-lined fairways with thick rough and greens with the typical Ross slope, primarily tilting from back-to-front.

Accuracy off the tee will be important and we’re keeping that in mind as we field our lineup for PGA Tour Fantasy Golf this week. Last week in Hartford was similar to other recent efforts for the Greensky Shortgrass boys. We had one or two strong contenders near the top of the leaderboard joined by a couple of golfers in the middle-of-the-pack.

Our squad is 19th (out of 866) in the Caddyshacks group on the season and 58th in the segment, which reaches the third of 11 tournaments this week.

Kevin Kisner broke par in three of four rounds in Hartford last week. Perhaps that’s a good sign he’s returning to form. Rickie Fowler ranks high in the PGA Tour Fantasy Golf driving statistics on the season. Joaquin Niemann is a superstar waiting to blossom and he arrives in Motor City on a heater as well after a lackluster season thus far. Ryan Moore continues our trend of hot golfers after a top-10 in Hartford. Brian Gay and the lovable Rory Sabbatini, enjoying a resurgence for the ages, are on the bench.

We’re adding another feature this week for those who don’t mind plunking down a dollar or two on a golf tournament on occasion. For many years this came with a For Entertainment Purposes Only warning, however, gambling is alive and legal at everywhere, so place your bets and keep it fair.

We like any head-to-head action involving Moore or Kisner, having seen favorable matchups for both sprinkled across the internet.

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