The PGA Tour heads to Detroit Golf Club this weekend for the fourth annual Rocket Mortgage Classic, as Cameron Davis returns to defend his title. Most of the big names in golf are taking the week off, so Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris, and Cameron Young will headline the field.
So, for all you golf bettors out there, let’s take a look at four outright bets I’m eyeing for the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Max Homa 22/1
Looking at the top of the odds board for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, I’m going to bypass Cantlay at 10/1 and Finau at 13/1. There’s no question those two are the most likely winners of the event, but I don’t see any value in those low outright prices.
Right below the top two are young guns Zalatoris (14/1) and Young (16/1). Then comes Max Homa at 22/1, which leads us to my favorite outright bet by far from the top of the board.
I know Zalatoris and Young are better all-around players than Homa right now, but there’s no way they should be priced lower this week. Neither Wake Forest product has proven they know how to win on the PGA Tour yet. Homa, on the other hand, has four victories to his name. The 31-year-old even has two wins this season at the Fortinet Championship last September and the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
This is strictly a price play on an undervalued winner.
Russell Henley 42/1
The Rocket Mortgage Classic is one of the biggest birdie fests on the PGA Tour schedule. Detroit Golf Club simply doesn’t have the teeth to slow down these supremely talented players, so I’m focusing on guys who have proven they can go low.
Enter Russell Henley.
Henley ranks 12th on Tour this season in birdie or better percentage. He’s an exceptional ball striker who ranks third in strokes gained approaching the green, and if his putter cooperates this week, he could easily reach at least 20 under par.
Denny McCarthy 42/1
Denny McCarthy isn’t as much of a birdie machine as Henley, but he can light up a scorecard in a different way. The 29-year-old ranks third on Tour this season in strokes gained from putting, which should give him a decisive advantage on these hilly Donald Ross greens.
McCarthy also enters the weekend playing his best golf of the season. He’s finished T7 or better in three of his last four starts, and he has enough confidence going right now to bring home his first PGA Tour win this weekend.
Taylor Pendrith 60/1
Taylor Pendrith is another player entering the Rocket Mortgage Classic on a bit of a hot streak. He missed a few months of action due to a broken rib, but he returned to the course this month and finished T13 and T11 in his two starts leading up to this weekend.
Pendrith can bomb it off the tee, which should set him up for plenty of easy birdie looks. Bryson DeChambeau bombed and gauged this course to a 23 under winning score two years ago, and I think Pendrith could do the same this weekend.
All betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of 7/27.
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