The PGA Tour is back in Michigan for the first time since 2009 when the Rocket Mortgage Classic makes its debut. This event will be played at the Detroit Golf Club in Wayne County, a course that was established in 1899 and was designed by the great Donald Ross. We didn’t get a winner last week at the Travelers Championship, but three of our five golfers finished inside the top-20, including Paul Casey with a top-five finish at +2000 odds. This week, it’s probably best to focus solely on form given the lack of experience playing in the Motor City.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Dustin Johnson, +600 - Not being able to rely on experience or a track record on this course has me going into this week blind. So, I feel I have to include the most consistent golfer on the planet right off the bat. Johnson hasn’t missed a cut since last years Open and has top-10 finishes in seven of his last 12 events. There’s few golfers you don’t have to worry about when entering unknown territory, and Johnson is one of them. Johnson has to be the clear favorite this week.
Gary Woodland, +1400 - We’re seeing Gary Woodland for the first time since winning the US Open, and he has top-20 finishes in six of his last 12 events overall. Woodland is also eighth in greens in regulation percentage and first in birdie average. In terms of form and a player who has to enter this week feeling really good about himself, Woodland and these odds are worth a look.
Kevin Kisner, +3500 - Kevin Kisner is coming off a strong -8 performance at the Travelers Championship, giving him his first top-20 finish since New Orleans. Kisner is one of those golfers who carries momentum well and can really string together strong showings when he’s feeling good about his game. Currently 13th in driving accuracy percentage, Kisner made some impressive shots to wrap up Sunday’s final round and you have to like the chances of that carrying over to this week with there being an even playing field due to the lack of experience.
Billy Horschel, +3300 - These are more than respectable odds for Billy Horschel, as he’s missed the cut just once since the BMW Championship and has top-25 finishes in five of his last nine events. Horschel has finished even or better in eight of his last 12 events and you get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before he takes some of these close finishes and produces a victory. Horschel is a golfer consistently nibbling around the leaderboard and could finally close the deal.
Kevin Streelman, +4500 - Kevin Streelman went from missing the cut every week to four straight strong performances, including a fourth place showing at the Memorial and a -8 last week at the Travelers Championship. Streelman finished the final round with some impressive putts and that short game success will be key for him producing his first PGA win in five years. Streelman is 23rd in driving accuracy percentage and is somebody who is clearly heading in the right direction. Don’t sleep.