The next stop on the PGA Tour is the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which always attracts a quality field.
Likely to tee it up are Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Wolff and Phil Mickelson, who is making his Rocket Mortgage Classic debut. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has also confirmed, so it’s a stunning field.
Rocket Mortgage Classic Top Pick – Matthew Wolff
The story of Matthew Wolff is a complex one — filled with early success, mental health struggles and a comeback story.
He returned to golf after a two-month break to finish T15 at the U.S. Open. Wolff was in contention to win until the final round, so it was an outstanding comeback effort considering he was just happy to be playing.
Detroit Golf Club is a happy hunting ground. He finished runner-up behind Bryson DeChambeau last year and it was a birdie, birdie, birdie finish from Bryson which gave him the victory.
Matthew Wolff’s touch around the greens pic.twitter.com/sTWi0GxI0q
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) June 19, 2021
Although he’s unconventional in his approach, and his swing, Wolff is more than capable of going one better this year. He is back enjoying his golf and he will pay value odds in golf betting markets.
“I tried so hard to be perfect,” Wolff told Golf.com. “A lot of guys out here try to be so perfect. And I want to please everyone, I want to make people happy, I want to play well, I want people to root for me. Sometimes it’s a lot of pressure, and I think it got a little intense. It got too much.
“I just think that it’s important to take care of yourself and make sure that you’re happy. I’ve been trying to work on that.”
Despite some inconsistencies and a missed cut at The Travelers, he will feel better playing on a course where he has had success.
We wouldn’t overlook Matthew Wolff’s chances of winning his second PGA Tour victory.
Pick: Matthew Wolff +3300
Rocket Mortgage Classic Next Best – Jason Kokrak
It’s hard not to be impressed with Jason Kokrak’s form this season. He has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the CJ Cup and Charles Schwab Challenge.
After going years without a win, the 36-year-old should be a lock to win Most Improved Player and although he missed the cut at the U.S. Open, he’s more than capable of bouncing back.
His Charles Schwab win came only a month ago where he was able to beat Jordan Spieth by two strokes. It was a quality field and he held his nerve on the final day, shooting even par when Spieth was finding trouble at every corner of the course.
Playing at Detroit Golf Club will suit his game, and bettors get value odds for the big-hitting American.
Pick: Jason Kokrak +2500
Rocket Mortgage Classic Best Value – Rickie Fowler
Once upon a time Rickie Fowler wouldn’t have been considered a longshot, but the 32-year-old is struggling to find his best form.
He missed the cut at The Travelers Championship after showing improvement when finishing T11 at The Memorial. It was that performance which reminded us of how good Fowler is on his day.
He also finished T8 at the PGA Championship, so last week’s missed cut was a surprise. However, he’s good enough to bounce back.
We’re not sure why his form has tapered off so drastically, but he’s worth sticking with based on his ability.
Pick: Rickie Fowler +4500
Rocket Mortgage Classic Longshot – Austin Eckroat
The 22-year-old college star gets a sponsor’s exemption into the Rocket Mortgage Classic field and he could take full advantage.
The Oklahoma State representative has played three PGA Tour tournaments, including last week’s Travelers Championship. He finished 47th after starting with a 72, which was preceded by a classy 66.
Fighting for the weekend. 💪
— PGA TOUR University (@PGATOURU) June 25, 2021
Eckroat’s first foray on the Tour was a 12th-place finish at the Mayakoba Classic in December. He shot -14 over four rounds, and that is a quality effort for an amateur.
He’s now a professional and ready to make his mark. There aren’t many talking about him, and his odds will be generous, but he shouldn’t be overlooked.