This week Detroit Golf Club plays hosts for the second annual Rocket Mortgage Classic in the Motor City.
Webb Simpson and Bryson DeChambeau highlight a slightly weaker field than golf fans have seen in the last three events, but it’s still significantly stronger than last year when Nate Lashley won by six strokes at 25-under par. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Detroit Golf Club, designed by Donald Ross, measures 7,334 yards and plays to a par of 72. Simpson returns to play after withdrawing from the Travelers Championship amid COVID-19 concerns. He rose to No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings following his win at the RBC Heritage.
30. Brendon Todd
Resurfaced with a T-11 finish last week in Connecticut. A back-to-back winner early in the 2019-20 season, we know he can stay hot for two weeks in a row.
Brendon Todd reacts to a putt during the final round of the Travelers Championship. (Photo: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
29. Matthew Wolff
He’s out of form with two straight missed cuts, but he’s a PGA Tour winner and his stock rises in the weaker field after missing the cut on the number last week.
28. Rafael Cabrera Bello
Finished T-32 last week thanks to a final-round 64. Tied for 16th in a strong field at the WGC-Mexico Championship before the season was suspended.
27. Rory Sabbatini
Riding a streak of five straight made cuts dating back to The Genesis Invitational. Ranks sixth in this field in Sand Saves Gained over everyone’s last 50 rounds, according to Fantasy National, and will be capable of escaping any of the 87 bunkers covering this course.
26. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Has three international wins in the last five years, but still looking for his first in North America. This will be one of the weaker Tour fields in which he has played.
Branden Grace tees off at the Charles Schwab Challenge. (Photo Credit: Raymond Carlin III – USA TODAY Sports)
25. Branden Grace
Missed the cut on the number last week. Ranks 26th in this field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green.
24. Brian Harman
An expert sand player who ranks 18th in this field in SG: Tee-to-Green. Came out of the break with back-to-back top-30 finishes before a missed cut last week.
23. Sebastian Munoz
Got off to a strong start at the RBC Heritage before slipping to a T-28 result, and then missed the cut at the Travelers Championship. Ranks 17th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 23rd in SG: Approach.
22. Tom Hoge
Came back from consecutive missed cuts to finish T-37 last week. Ranks fifth in the field in SG: Approach.
21. Russell Knox
Seven missed cuts dating back to a T-16 finish in a strong field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Still ranks seventh in SG: Approach and 13th in Bogey Avoidance.
20. Harold Varner III
Missed the cut in 2019 despite gaining a stroke per round on the field in SG: Approach, according to Data Golf. Flashed his potential with a T-19 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but needs to string four rounds together.
19. Adam Hadwin
One of the best putters on Tour on any surface. Has missed the cut in just one of his last 12 events.
18. Cameron Tringale
Tenth in this field in Bogey Avoidance and 16th in both SG: Tee-to-Green and SG: Approach. Tied for fifth in 2019 while gaining 2.02 strokes per round from tee-to-green.
17. Erik Van Rooyen
Rested last week following a T-21 finish at the RBC Heritage. Ranks 11th in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and 18th in SG: Approach.
16. Doc Redman
Last year’s runner-up got hot last week with a T-11 finish at the Travelers Championship. Hasn’t missed a cut in his last four events.
Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage. (Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports)
15. Kevin Kisner
Missed the cut in three of his last four events and each of his last two, but finished T-46 in the weaker field last year at 9-under par, despite losing strokes putting.
14. Bubba Watson
Lost 1.70 strokes per round on approach in 2019 and missed the cut last week following a T-7 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge and a T-52 at the RBC Heritage. Ranks 28th in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and is 13th by the betting odds to win at BetMGM.
13. Rickie Fowler
Fowler returned to play with consecutive missed cuts before taking last week off. He has slipped all the way to 98th in the Golfweek rankings, but he’s still 10th by the tournament’s betting odds.
12. Brandt Snedeker
Fourth in the field in Sand Saves Gained and 14th in Bogey Avoidance. Finished T-41 last week following a missed cut at the RBC Heritage in his return to play.
11. J.T. Poston
One of my favorite betting plays this week at +4000. Finished T-10 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T-8 at the RBC Heritage before a missed cut last week. Tied for 11th in Detroit last year.
10. Kevin Na
Ranks 11th in Bogey Avoidance and 13th in Sand Saves Gained. Finished fifth last week.
9. Scottie Scheffler
Yet another player who missed the cut on the number at 3-under last week. Ranks eighth in this field in SG: Tee-to-Green.
8. Patrick Reed
Reed missed the cut at the RBC Heritage following a T-7 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but returned with a T-24 last week. He’s seventh in Bogey Avoidance and 13th in SG: Tee-to-Green.
7. Tony Finau
Ranks eighth in SG: Approach and leads the field in SG: Tee-to-Green. Hasn’t finished in the top 20 since a disappointing runner-up result at the Waste Management.
6. Viktor Hovland
Up to 21st in the Golfweek rankings following a T-11 finish last week. Has steadily improved his results over his four events dating back to the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Sungjae Im on the third tee during at the Charles Schwab Challenge. (Photo Credit: Raymond Carlin III – USA TODAY Sports)
5. Sungjae Im
Returned to play with a T-10 result at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but missed the cut at the RBC Heritage and finished T-58 last week. Ranks fourth in this field by the Golfweek rankings and has the seventh-lowest betting odds.
4. Tyrrell Hatton
Ranked fourth by the betting odds, Hatton is 17th in the world and fifth in the field by the Golfweek rankings. Took last week off following a T-3 at the RBC Heritage.
3. Hideki Matsuyama
Missed the cut last week, but ranks third in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and ninth in both SG: Approach and Bogey Avoidance. Ranks fifth by the betting odds at +1800.
2. Bryson DeChambeau
A massive betting favorite at +650, DeChambeau has six straight top-10 finishes. Ranks fourth in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and Bogey Avoidance.
1. Webb Simpson
The RBC Heritage champ withdrew last week, but returns to lead this week’s stat model. His first career win came at the Donald Ross-designed Sedgefield Country Club in 2011.
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