2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic Odds & Picks: PGA Betting

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It’s time to celebrate.

Whether it’s the Fourth of July weekend or the fact we’re closer to getting back to normal after the Covid-19 battle with fans being allowed at tournaments, the PGA Tour’s stop this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic is a great time to enjoy fireworks.

And that’s on and off the golf course.

The tournament, which will be held at the Detroit Golf Club, is a star-studded event that includes the likes of Bryson DeChambeau (the defending champ), Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Jason Day, and a host of others.

As players leave Connecticut after last week’s tournament to tee it up in Michigan, it’s time for players to jockey for position for the stretch run of the FedEx Cup race.

There are just seven weeks before the first playoff event–the Northern Trust running Aug. 12-15–so if you’re not at least in the top 125 in points, time is running out.

Better fine-tune your game…and quickly.

Odds To Win The Rocket Mortgage Classic From BetMGM

Rocket Mortgage ClassicBetMGM Odds
Bryson DeChambeau+750
Patrick Reed+1400
Hideki Matsuyama+1600
Webb Simpson+1800
Jason Kokrak+2500
Matthew Wolff+2500
Will Zalatoris+2500
Jason Day+2800
Joaquin Niemann+2800

There’s No Time Like The Present To Win

While it’s nice for players to work their way up the playoff ladder little by little, stroke by stroke and putt by putt, nothing helps a player move like a victory.

So who is primed to get in the winner’s circle and not only take the pressure off the playoff race but also lock up their playing privileges for the next two seasons?

That’s the question anyone and everyone hovering around the cut line is asking themselves.

It’s time for us to answer that question.

Keep An Eye On The Comeback Kid

We’re feeling like it might just be time for that ‘where has he been?’ player to get back in the spotlight.

That would be Matthew Wolff at +2500. He’s making quite the comeback…at times. He’s coming off a missed cut at last week’s Traveler’s after a horrendous first round but the week prior he had a T-15 finish in the U.S. Open.

And that’s groundbreaking news.

This comes after a stretch of time where he was wondering if golf was in his future. He was dealing with mental issues but appears to be on the way back. He said he’s now enjoying the game again and looks forward to his time on the golf course–rather than dreading it.

He’s 53rd in the FedEx Cup points standings so there’s an urgency to keep moving in the right direction. In his stretch of poor play he had a couple of WD’s, a DQ, a MC and a couple of so-so finishes.

But after that solid four days at the U.S. Open plus the fact he wound up second to DeChambeau here last year, we think it’s generated a spark in his play.

We’re hoping the MC last week was an anomaly and his game is on the comeback trail.

But, bettor beware: We’ve been wrong before. (Go ahead, insert your jokes here).

What About The Big Favorite This Week?

DeChambeau is the heavy, heavy favorite at +750. But it’s tough to tell what his mindset will be right now. He imploded on the final nine on Sunday at the U.S. Open and tumbled well down the leaderboard. He then had a solid, if not spectacular, outing at the Travelers and wound up T-19.

Can he shake it off and get back on track? Probably. Can he compete for the title? Yep. Should he be favored? Absolutely. You don’t play as well as he has this year and let one bad nine-hole stretch linger in your memory for very long.

We may put down a couple of bucks just because he’s the defending champ and also looking ahead to finishing as high as possible in the FedEx Cup race.

What About The Hot Player Coming In?

One guy who is coming into this week’s event on fire is Kevin Kisner. And he’s at an appealing +3300 this week.

He sizzled down the stretch last week with a final-round 63 to finish T-5. He was also solo third here last year. Be confident in the guy who is coming off an impressive round and also has great memories of his play one year ago on this same track.

Is It Time For A Real Longshot To Win?

Down the FedEx list are players who know the clock is ticking. Their chances to make the first round of the playoffs are slowly dwindling away as the events wind down.

It’s time to make that final push. After all, if you’re in the top 125, there’s always a chance. If you’re on the outside looking in, you’ve got a few weeks off to wonder what went wrong.

Erik van Rooyen, at +8000 fits the bill nicely. He’s been playing well in recent weeks but is still hovering right around that 125 number at No. 119. Not good.

He’s got four missed cuts in the last five events with a 10th place finish at the Palmetto Championship thrown in. So it’s been either feast or famine.

About the Author
Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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