One of the newer tournaments on the PGA Tour is the home for gallery-free golf this weekend with Detroit Golf Club hosting the Rocket Mortgage Classic starting Thursday, July 2nd.
There are four rounds, but Showdown Challenge DFS just uses the scores from Round 1 of the event. Who will get off to a hot start on what is expected to be a 92-degree day in Motown? You’ll likely need someone that can go low: DGC is a Par 72 setup with four Par 3’s and four Par 5’s, but last year’s winner Nate Lashley shot -25 to take home the trophy. The best players can certainly score here, and will need to get low for four days to have a chance.
We make some picks for Round 1 below. Enter your lineups here.
Bryson DeChambeau ($10,600)
Really stepping out on a limb here taking the chalk, but it makes sense for a few reasons. We’ve seen the breathless coverage of DeChambeau’s new physique, but it shows in how he’s hitting the ball. He’s 2nd in driving distance, 1st after the Covid-19 break, and that will help on a course with four Par 5’s. He’s also playing well with his 46-under-par over the last three weeks being the best of any player on the tour. If anyone can break 64 tomorrow, it’s the SMU grad and former NCAA Champion.
Viktor Hovland ($9,400)
All this dude does is score, and has shot 65 and 63 on Thursdays since the Tour returned. The Oklahoma State Cowboy is third in eagles per hole, finished 13th here last year, was T11 last week at the Travelers last week, and already has a win this year in Puerto Rico. The 22-year-old Norwegian has a bright future ahead, and has the game and course knowledge (remember half this field hasn’t played here before) to pick up his second tour victory this year this week. He’ll be our pick on the props board to win it all, and should be in your showdown roster.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,900)
Until last week he wasn’t playing that great. But three rounds in the 60’s got him a T41 last week to get back on track, and he finished T5 here last year. The Vanderbilt grad is 31st in birdies per round at 4.14, and on a course where you can score that’s a good skill to have. He won’t have the length of some of the others, but the track seems to fit his eye.
Cameron Davis ($6,800)
19th in driving distance, 19th in holes per eagle, and opened with a 66 last week at the Travelers. He was playing terrific golf before the break, with a T8 at the Honda Classic before the shutdown. But he’s been cut twice since the return, and also was cut last year. But his game fits this track, and there might be value in him finding his form here early. He’s our flyer.