As the PGA Tour continues to build up to the next major — the British Open — in three weeks, the circuit visits Michigan this week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The venue will be the 122-year old Detroit Golf Club, and the PGA odds for the event are leaning heavily in one golfer’s direction.
The highlight of the elite group that has committed to the event is Bryson DeChambeau (+750 tops the golf odds), who ranks No. 4 in this season’s PGA FedExCup standings and No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). He’s posted two wins this year along with a third-place finish at THE PLAYERS Championship, collecting six top-10 finishes overall.
After taking control of the No. 1 position in the FedExCup standings after his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, DeChambeau held his ground there until June, when five straight tournaments outside the top 15 dropped him from first to fourth in the standings coming into this week.
DeChambeau will be looking to reverse the recent trend this week. One confidence booster would be that he did win this tournament last July at the same venue, finishing 23-under par and winning by three strokes over Matthew Wolff (+2500).
Patrick Reed (+1400) is the guy who could rise up and challenge DeChambeau, as his record would suggest. He won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year while nabbing six top 10s so far. He’s been consistent, missing only four cuts out of 18 tries, and he sits at No. 9 in the OWGR.
An intriguing candidate in this week’s PGA betting odds is Will Zalatoris (+2500). Zalatoris doesn’t have a FedExCup ranking because of a COVID-imposed technicality. He finished last year as the Korn Ferry Tour points leader, the junior circuit to the PGA. Because of that finish, normally he’d get his PGA Tour card, and he’d be eligible for the standings.
But this past year was unlike any other. The PGA froze the tour-card process, allowing all of last year’s participants to hold onto their cards regardless of finish — while also not introducing anyone new. So Zalatoris is stuck in the middle. But he’s certainly in the OWGR (29th), well ahead of most of this week’s field. Zalatoris’ runner-up finish at the Masters Tournament and eighth-place finish at the PGA Championship turned heads.
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