Last Updated: 2019-06-25
Bettors and DFS players alike are flying blind into this weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. We know the players and we know how they’ve played recently, but we don’t know this course and neither do they. The practice rounds could tell us a lot in the lead-up to the first annual event at Detroit Golf Club. From the looks of it, this Donald Ross design is pretty forgiving to long hitters and this could simply become a putting contest on some unfamiliar surfaces.
With that in mind, we have a lot of DFS decisions to make this week. There aren’t many big names and some solid, but non-top-15 players find themselves with big salaries. This is a week to add some longer shots to your roster.
Salaries are from DraftKings.
Jason Kokrak ($8,300) – Jason Kokrak was the butt of a lot of jokes on Twitter last week with his missed cut at the Travelers Championship. Kokrak, who has played well in so many areas, had one of the worst putting weeks you will ever see. He was almost -7 SG: Putting in his two days. Yes, he missed the cut. But, Kokrak ranks 22nd in SG: Tee to Green, 20th in SG: Off the Tee, and 12th in SG: Approach and I think approach shots will be big this week with some greenside bunkers and some tight landing areas. Kokrak is outside the top 100 in SG: Putting, but last week’s display was more of an outlier than anything else. The price is a little hefty, but given the strength of the field, you have to pay for guys that have solid stats.
Byeong Hun An ($7,900) – Byeong Hun An is my favorite pick this week. An, who ranks 21st in driving distance, can shorten this long course, which comes in at 7,340 yards and a par of 72. He’s 11th in SG: Tee to Green, 36th in SG: Off the Tee, 49th in SG: Approach, and leads all players this year in SG: Approach. He has not putted well. He ranks 202nd in SG: Putting. I know I said that this could become a putting contest, but I can’t imagine that these putting surfaces are as challenging as most of the ones on the PGA Tour, since this has mostly just been a Members Only course. He’s so strong in the rest of his game and I am prioritizing approach shots this week. An checks that box more than anyone.
Vaughn Taylor ($7,600) – I was a little hesitant to put Vaughn Taylor on my list this week because this is a longer course. Guys like Taylor and Chez Reavie have much better chances on shorter courses. After all, Taylor ranks 189th in driving distance. But, Taylor is also a really safe pick in DFS formats. He ranks sixth in SG: Putting this season, so he’s able to avoid bogeys and pick up birdies. He’s 42nd in par 4 scoring because he hits fairways and makes putts. That’s a pretty good recipe as a bargain bin DFS option. Taylor ranks a respectable 65th in SG: Approach, so that’s enough for me to add him to the card this week and hope that flatstick stays hot after a top-five finish last week.
Zack Sucher ($7,200) – The pressure is still on for Zack Sucher, but his confidence may have never been higher. With a second-place finish last week at the Travelers Championship, Sucher has gotten much closer to getting his PGA Tour card back. That second-place finish pairs nicely with his second-place finish at the REX Hospital Open on the Korn Ferry Tour about a month ago. Sucher is swinging it well right now. Data is extremely limited for him since he doesn’t have a whole lot of PGA Tour events under his belt this season, but don’t underestimate what it means to get that card back. He’ll have plenty of supporters this week and he has just as much experience on this course as everybody else.
Wyndham Clark ($7,100) – My second favorite pick this week is Wyndham Clark at $7,100. Clark is quietly one of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour, ranking seventh in driving distance. He’s had problems hitting the ball straight, but this is a wide-open and forgiving course off of the tee. When he gets close, he’s been solid. He’s 50th in SG: Around the Green and a top-10 putter as far as strokes gained. I don’t think he’ll be a popular pick this week, but he can definitely shorten holes and make putts and those should be two useful attributes this week in Motown. He was a solid 15th last week after missing six straight cuts, so we’ll see if he’s turned a corner.
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