Who our employees think will win the Rocket Mortgage Classic
The text showed Justin thomas, and JT Poston to win last week Travelers Championship. Losses. Sad emoji. He showed any American to win the RBC Heritage. Winner. Happy emoji. A total of 18 golf betting selections.
Nish Patel’s top 18 golf picks ever. Shocked emoji.
PGA Tour golf is back after its three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus. It is also one of the first sporting returns. Bettors can’t choose these days, even bettors who maybe couldn’t separate Webb Simpson from Homer just a few months ago.
“So in this non-sporting landscape, I started betting on golf,” began his text. “It’s exhilarating.”
“I have never watched golf so much,” reads another text.
I hope we can help Patel smile too.
A quick reminder of our game. Fourteen members of our staff will make three bets of $ 100 – up for grabs, the top 10 and one side bet of your choice – for each Charles Schwab Challenge tournament in the Master in November. Each member starts with $ 4000 and the odds will come from the DraftKings website. The first place finalist will play a round of golf when all is said and done, and the last place finalist is on the bag for the winner.
Our primary objective is of course to help you with your own weekly choiceswhether it’s a fantastic low-stakes office league or big (legal!) betting with a sportsbook.
We had no winner last week. But Jessica Marksbury picked Webb Simpson two weeks ago at RBC Heritage, so we’re going to ask her about her pick for this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
Patrick Roseau, at +1 600.
“Reed already has a pre-pandemic victory in the books (February World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship) and finished strong at last week’s Travelers with a Sunday 64,” Marksbury wrote. “If last year’s scores are any indication, you’ll have to go down low to win the title in Detroit, and Patrick is well capable.”
Choices (in order of total money)
Jessica Marksbury ($ 6,563)
To win: Patrick Reed, +1,600. Reed already has a pre-pandemic victory in the books (February World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship) and finished strong at Travelers last week with a Sunday 64. If the scores of last year is an indication you’ll have to go low to claim the title in Detroit, and Patrick is well capable.
Top 10: Tony Finau, +225. Tony is due! Yes, he missed the cut last week, but the guy hasn’t shot a tournament round over 70 since returning from the Tour. I think he will be making a big statement this week.
To support: Winning margin, one hit, +250. The last three rankings have been grouped together so much that I’m going to bet that it continues this week.
Tim Reilly ($ 4,350)
To win: Bryson De Chambeau, +650. With the way Bryson plays, I could pick him up every week until he finished work. He is due in any week now.
Top 10: Scott Scheffler, +350. Scheffler is in the mix for Rookie of the Year but has been eclipsed by the recognition of Viktor Hovland’s name. He’s going to keep doing what he’s doing and put in another solid (but calm) Top 10 performance.
To support: Hole in one in the first round, yes, +275. Life is too short not to bet on an ace.
Jonathan’s Wall ($ 4,325)
To win: Doc Redman, +5000: Finalist last season in Detroit and arrives on a T11 at Travelers. It is going in the right direction. I’ll take a hit.
Top 10: Viktor Hovland, +550: My choice to win last week ran out of steam en route to a T11 in Connecticut. Expect him to continue and fight.
To support: Best final position, Rory Sabbatini on JT Poston, +100: Sabbatini is rested (did not play Travelers) and played well in the 2019 edition (Q3). Nice recipe for another strong performance.
Alan Bastable ($ 4,250)
To win: Brandt Snedeker, +5,500. A masterful putter on Ross’s hard greens looks like a winning combo.
Top 10: Sungjae Im, +225. Im been remarkably stable this season: six top-10s in 10 starts, including a win at Honda (which, to be fair, looks like ten years ago). Against soft ground this week, bet on another top 10 for Im in Detroit.
To support: Winning margin, two hits, +400. Snedeker will win a little comfortably.
Josh Berhow ($ 4,165)
To win: Tyrrell Hatton, +1 400: He won at Bay Hill before the Tour closed and was T3 at Hilton Head. He’s first in strokes won: approaching the green and second in strokes won: putting, and on a course that will have longer and thicker roughs than last year, Hatton’s forces should help him here.
Top 10: Bryson DeChambeau, +650: Seven top 10s in 10 events this season and top 10 in each of his last six starts. No way this streak will end this week with a little less star power on the pitch.
To support: Best final position, Hatton on Reed, -118. It’s my choice to win, so I have to trust this one too, right?
Josh Sens ($ 4,088)
To win: Lucas Glover, +5,500. Three solid performances in a row earned him the long-term auction. Always hits him pure. I am counting on the flatstick which is heating up this week.
Top 10: Erik van Rooyen, +600. My rule of thumb for the betting board is the same as I use for menu items in a restaurant: the less certain I am about the pronunciation, the better. Plus, Van Rooyen is a solid player, exactly the kind of overseas sleeper that fans here tend to overlook.
To support: Winner of two strokes, plus 400. I would like to pretend I have a good reason for this bet. But no. Just a feeling.
Sean Zak ($ 3,933.30)
To win: Bryson De Chambeau, +650. It finally clicks this week. After six consecutive top 10s, he seals the deal and continues to change our thinking about the distance.
Top 10: Doctor Redman, +500. The man crept up the rankings every week. He might even win this week.
To support: To be decided by a playoff, yes, +400. It’s just too good to be left out.
How your week 3 picks went: Jimmy Furyk made the cut and helped me limit the losses after Justin Thomas didn’t.
Zephyr Melton ($ 3,853)
To win: Brendon Todd, +9000: The man is a fairway machine, and I love those odds. He will put the Travelers on Sunday behind him difficult and take third place of the season.
Top 10: Viktor Hovland, +225: The young Norwegian has finally entered the world top 50, and I see another big week for the stud.
To support: Albatross in the tournament, no, -5,000. It’s kind of my thing at this point to pick up that prop every week. Pick them up dollar by dollar.
Ashley Mayo ($ 3,450)
To win: Viktor Hovland, +2,500: I feel like Viktor has fought enough in the past year to know what it takes to deal with his emotions. A victory on his part will only take a matter of time, and I have a strong feeling it will happen this week.
Top 10: Erik van Rooyan, +600: Erik was hitting a bit late last year and based on last week’s play I think he’s going to settle into still solid form at Detroit this week.
To support: Winning margin, one hit, +250. This is pretty much the safest bet you can place, and I have to slowly dig a big hole that I dug for myself.
Andrew Tursky ($ 3,250)
To win: Viktor Hovland, +2,500. Finished in the top 25 in each of his last three starts, including a T11 last week. He also finished T13 in this event last year. He has to put four towers together.
Top 10: Kevin Na, +450. Na just finished four rounds of 67 or better last week at Travelers. Let’s keep that momentum in Detroit. It’s gonna be a bird party, but Na can follow.
To support: To be decided by a playoff, yes, +400. The rankings have been tight in recent weeks. This one will be too.
Nick Piastowski ($ 3,320)
To win: Viktor Hovland, +2,500. He’s finished higher each of the past three weeks and played well here last year.
Top 10: Bryson De Chambeau, -137. DeChambeau has finished in the top 10 for the past three weeks. The field is not as strong this week.
To support: Leader after round one, Ryan Armor, +12,500. He was one step away from leading the first round last year and has just completed four rounds in the 1960s at Travelers.
James Colgan ($ 3,100)
To win: Viktor Hovland, +2,500: With a lighter field this week, it seems logical that a young stallion could steal a win (especially with how well Hovland has played the past two weeks).
Top 10: Tony Finau, +225: The guy has only shot one round in the ’70s since the restart. He’s going to land a top 10 someday, might as well be in a lighter area this week.
To support: Top 20, Doc Redman, +225: I really need to be on the board, and it seems like a safe choice. Doc performed really well last week and was a finalist in Rocket Mortgage last year.
Dylan Dethier ($ 3,100)
To win: Sungjae Im, +2,500. Now that Webb is getting his due, Sungjae is once again the most underrated player on the Tour. To book!
Top 10: Sungjae Im, +225. I haven’t won a bet yet, so this is where it all happens.
To support: Winning margin, two hits, +400. Sungjae doesn’t leave this one to chance. It’s time to open the engine and get off the pitch exactly two knocks in the dust.
Luke Kerr-Dineen ($ 3,100)
To win: Doc Redman, +5,000. T-11 last week and T-2 at this event last year – what’s not to like? Perfect marriage, of course, of form and recent form, when there is little other valuable data to rule out.
Top 10: Doctor Redman, +500. That’s right, I put a lot of eggs in Doc Redman’s basket because when you’re 0-for-9 you have to start shooting pins to gain traction. Come on, doctor. Do not let me down.
To support: To make the cut, Doc Redman, yes, -200. No, I am not doubling. I do a triple dive. President of Doc Redman’s fan club here, for this week at least. If he bombs, guess what? I stay at zero. It’s not exactly like I have a lot to lose at this point. And if he does all of the above, I’m a genius. So, in conclusion, LET’S GO DOC!