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Rocket Mortgage Classic First Round Matchup Bets, Predictions 7/1/21

2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic
July 1, 2021 6:45 am EDT

This Thursday morning, the PGA Tour presents the first round of the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic! 

Before I discuss my favorite matchup bets for the first round of the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic let’s take a look at the current leaders in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour.

Here is a list of the top ten ranked golfers in first round scoring average on the PGA Tour that are in this week’s 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic field with that player’s average first round score this season. 

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Top Ten Golfers in First Round Scoring Average

  1. Cameron Tringale 69.19
  2. Jason Kokrak 69.22
  3. Patrick Reed 69.35
  4. Keegan Bradley 69.76
  5. Kevin Chappell 69.83
  6. Joaquin Niemann 69.85
  7. Emiliano Grillo 70.00
  8. Brice Garnett 70.04
  9. Nick Taylor 70.05
  10. Chris Kirk 70.07

Now that we have determined who the top ten golfers with regard to first round scoring average are on the PGA Tour let’s shift our attention to my favorite first round matchup bets for this week’s 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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Hideki Matsuyama -110 over Rickie Fowler

Hideki Matsuyama has three top 26 finishes in his last five tournaments played on the PGA Tour, including a win at the 2021 Masters in April. It should also be noted that Matsuyama finished 13th at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

In relation to this week’s current listed 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic field, in the last 12 rounds played on the PGA Tour, Hideki ranks seventh in GIR (greens in regulation), third in strokes gained tee to green, fourth in strokes gained approach and second in strokes gained ball striking.

I also like the fact that Hideki’s opponent in this matchup, Rickie Fowler, has not been playing good golf lately. More specifically, Fowler has missed the cut in three of his last five tournaments played on the PGA Tour.

Doc Redman -106 over Phil Mickelson

Doc Redman fired a final round 67 at the Palmetto Championship @ Congaree two weeks ago en route to an eventual second place finish.

Redman also checks the box for me when it comes to previous event history. Let me be more specific. Redman has played the Rocket Mortgage Classic twice since 2019. In those two tournaments just mentioned, Redman has two top 21 finishes, including a second place result at the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

In relation to this week’s current listed 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic field, in the last 12 rounds played on the PGA Tour, Redman ranks first in bogey avoidance and seventh in strokes gained approach.

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I have been an avid fan of golf since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on golf for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 19 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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