DraftKings PGA Lineup Advice: Rocket Mortgage Classic (2020)
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Dustin Johnson took home his 21st career PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship. It was an impressive week for DJ, who shot a career-low round of nine-under-par 61 on Saturday to charge up the leaderboard. This marked his first win since the WGC in Mexico last February, and he has now collected a PGA Tour tournament victory in 13 consecutive seasons.
There was a moment of uncertainty before the beginning of the Travelers Championship, as a few players and caddies tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Brooks Koepka’s caddy, Rickie Elliot, unfortunately, was one of those who received a positive test result. Koepka did not test positive, but he withdrew out of respect for his competitors and their safety. The PGA commissioner made it clear that they will continue to protect the players to the best of their ability and continue on with golf.
The PGA Tour now heads to Detroit, Michigan, for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This is the second year of the event, and it will once again be played at the Detroit Golf Club. While the field is not too deep compared to these last few tournaments, six of the top-20 golfers in the world will tee it up — Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Tyrell Hatton, and Patrick Reed headline the field. Defending champion, Nate Lashley, broke through for his first win in 2019. He finished at 25-under for the week. We can once again expect a birdie fest in Detroit.
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The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played at the Donald Ross-designed Detroit Golf Club. It will play as a par-72, and it measures 7,340 yards. The switch to some Bentgrass greens should be beneficial for many after we saw a few very poor performances on the Poa Annua greens at the Travelers. That said, this course features a mix of both Bentgrass and Poa Annua greens, so golfers will need to be good at both. Birdies and Eagles should be plenty this week, as there are four Par 5s on the scorecard. Two of these Par-5s are reachable in two strokes. Target players will rank high in Par-5 scoring, birdie-or-better, and hope their putter gets hot.
- Par-5 Scoring
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Performance on Bentgrass Greens
- Performance on Donald Ross Designs
Tyrell Hatton ($10,700)
Hatton is playing some of the best golf of his career this year. In five starts this season, Hatton has four top-10 finishes, including a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. He last teed it up two weeks ago at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T3. Hatton should continue to go well this week in Detroit. He leads the entire PGA this season in strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: tee-to-green. No slouch on the putting greens, Hatton ranks second in strokes gained: putting in 2020.
Patrick Reed ($10,500)
Reed continues to show why he is a world-class golfer. In 11 starts this season, Reed has already piled up five top-10 finishes. Reed closed with a 64 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, and this year, he showed why he is ranked fourth in strokes gained: putting. He now goes back to Detroit Golf Club, where he finished T5 and shot 17-under-par in 2019. His brilliant around the green game will be crucial this week on these Ross-designed holes.
Tony Finau ($9,500)
The Bentgrass greens this week will be a welcome sight for Finau. He is a much better putter on this surface and has the tee-to-green game to win his second career title in Detroit. According to FanShare Sports, Finau ranks second in its course suitability rank this week. He ranks very high in strokes gained on Ross-designed courses and should be able to score well on these four Par 5s.
Rory Sabbatini ($8,800)
Despite the hefty price tag for Sabbatini, he has both course history and current form going for him. Sabbatini cruised to a T3 finish last year at Detroit GC after shooting rounds of 65-69-68-68. His last two outings on tour include a T14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and a T21 at the RBC Heritage. Sabbatini ranks T26 on Tour in Par 5 scoring this season and should come at a decent ownership percentage.
Doc Redman ($8,500)
Redman has piled up the DraftKings points in his last two outings. He has scored at least 93 fantasy points in his last two events, and he now heads to a place where he finished second in 2019. Redman shot rounds of 68-67-67-67 to finish at 19-under-par and comes in as hot as he’s ever been. The 22-year-old ranks 17th in strokes gained: approach, and he should have plenty of birdie looks once again in Detroit.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,900)
Snedeker will attempt to improve on his T5 showing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. He is an above-average golfer on Ross-designed courses and is a great course fit. Snedeker shot low rounds of 66 and 67 at the Travelers last week, so it appears that his form is where it needs to be to repeat a solid performance.
Wes Roach ($7,300)
Roach won’t be too popular of a play this week in DFS, but his current form and course history is all green. Roach placed T3 at the inaugural event in 2019, and he just had a high finish at a Korn Ferry Tour event to prepare for this week. He already has two top-10 finishes to his name this season and will look to get things going again in Detroit.
Chris Kirk ($7,200)
The four-time PGA Tour winner has quite the comeback story. He has persevered through his substance abuse issues and just recently won a Korn Ferry Tour event. Kirk will now head to a course that should suit his game nicely. According to Future of Fantasy, Kirk is the 24th top performer on Ross-designed courses since 2008. The 34-year-old should not go overlooked this week.
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