The PGA Tour heads to Detroit, Michigan, this week for the fifth edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Country Club. When the first tournament was held in 2019, it marked the first time a PGA Tour event was played within the city limits of the city. Tournament play begins on Thursday, June 29th and ends on Sunday, July 2nd.
Tony Finau will tee it up this week, looking to defend his title. Finau blitzed the course in 2022, setting the tournament record with a four-day total score of 262 (16-under par). The victory was Finau’s second in as many weeks after winning the 3M Open a week earlier. Finau’s five-shot win was the largest margin of his career, besting runner-ups Patrick Cantlay, Taylor Pendrith, and Cameron Young.
Big Names Teeing it Up
After a major tournament and elevated event back-to-back, most of the best players on the PGA are taking a breather this week. Even with many names out, the field remains strong with a handful of top players electing to play.
Four of the top 20 players in the world are in the field, led by Max Homa, who comes in at no. 9. Adding to the list is Finau who is joined by multiple major winners, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa. Fan favorite and Rocket Mortgage ambassador Rickie Fowler looks to keep his solid play going as the calendar turns to July.
Three of the past four winner’s of the tournament are back in Detroit; the only past champion not playing this week is Bryson DeChambeau (2020). Nate Lashley (2019) and Cameron Davis (2021) picked up their first and only PGA Tour wins at DCC.
Finau and Fowler Headline Favorites
Finau and Fowler are the pre-tournament favorites at +1400 apiece. Fowler is looking to get back into the winner’s circle for the first time since 2019 and has a great opportunity after four-straight starts of T13 or better. Finau has been quiet since picking up his second win of the season at the Mexico Open but can turn it on quickly.
Morikawa (+1600) comes in right behind the favorites. The two-time major winner aims for his first victory since hoisting the Claret Jug in 2021. Morikawa is coming off a missed cut at last week’s Travelers Championship.
Rounding out the Top 5 betting favorites are Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama at +1800. Thomas has had a rough season, coming in ranked 66th in the FedEx Cup Standings and missing two of three cuts at major tournaments. The two-time PGA Championship winner comes to Detroit after a T9 finish at the Travelers last week, his best finish since a solo 4th at the WM Phoenix Open in February.
Other notables just below the top five are Max Homa, Sungjae Im, and Tom Kim, all with odds of +2200. Homa has a pair of wins this year and has finished just inside the T25 in two appearances at this event. Kim tries to improve on his solo seventh last season, while Im has made the cut here in both tries, his best finish a T8 in 2021.