PGA DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Rocket Mortgage Classic (2022)
Last weekend, Tony Finau finally prevailed as the winner of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. The 32-year-old American entered Sunday in third place behind Scott Piercy and Emiliano Grillo but played well enough to yield a four-under-par finish by mitigating mistakes and burying three consecutive birdies on holes 14-16. Finau’s putter continues to be his weakness, but the impressive irons erase any doubt about his ability to compete for the upcoming FedExCup playoff title.
My recommendations fared very well yet again at TPC Twin Cities. Finau was the betting favorite and pulled off a clutch performance in the final round to win, while Sungjae Im (T2/-14), Cam Davis (T16/-7), Joohyung Kim (T26/-5), and Chez Reavie (T49/-1) all made the cut and performed well in DFS lineups. Only Sahith Theegala missed the cut, which was surprising considering the rookie had an excellent performance in Scotland and was amongst the top-ten betting favorites at the 3M Open.
The PGA Tour rolls onward into Detroit, Michigan, for the fourth annual Rocket Mortgage Classic. Detroit Golf Club is the site and should yield plenty of birdies and eagles on a course that tends to challenge players on its abundance of par 5 holes. It’s a good track for DFS, and there is plenty of talent to target when constructing your optimal lineups. My top six prospects are based on skill, value, and past success. Let’s jump in to find out who they are to launch your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups into the green by Sunday afternoon!
- 2021 – Cam Davis (-18)
- 2020 – Bryson DeChambeau (-23)
- 2019 – Nate Lashley (-25)
Relevant Betting Stats
- Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee
- Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
- Greens in Regulation percentage
- Bounceback percentage
- Bogey Avoidance
Detroit Golf Club offers plenty of different opportunities to improve or worsen a player’s scorecard. It’s a Donald Ross design, meaning bunkers are placed in unique positions that allow players to manicure various strategies to reach the greens. Several holes introduce switchbacks, diagonal hazards, and greens that challenge with their undulations and tiered surfaces. In addition, Sycamore and oak trees line the fairways and flank many greens, creating difficult lies for errant tee or approach shots.
The course is a par 72 that runs 7,370 yards. It includes four par 3s and four par 5s with minimal bodies of water, utilizing some holes’ length and tiered surfaces to challenge players. The greens are comprised of Poa Annua and bentgrass mixture, which measure up to 12.5 feet velocity via the PGA Tour Stimpmeter. This means putts should be rolling fast, while converting greens in regulation may be challenging for some golfers. The average square footage of Detroit Golf Club’s greens is 5.150 square feet, smaller than most greens on the PGA Tour.
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Cameron Young ($10,100)
Cameron Young has been lighting up his scorecard recently, yielding a combined four finishes of T3 or T2 since April. He did miss consecutive cuts at the U.S. Open and Genesis Scottish Open but the 25-year-old American nearly ousted Cam Smith at The Open Championship, finishing 19-under-par to post a solo second-place finish at St. Andrews. Young took a week off during the 3M Open, but he’s prepared to debut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Young has minimal flaws in his game, ranking 17th in total strokes gained, 60th in strokes gained putting, and seventh in driving distance. He’s the best blue-chip prospect to roster in DraftKings based on his value and talent.
Kevin Kisner ($9,100)
Kevin Kisner possesses quite a bit of success from his former rounds at Detroit Golf Club, drawing finishes of T8, 3rd, and T46. The 38-year-old American will make his fourth appearance competing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and has played excellent golf to pair with his past success at this course. He did bomb with four consecutive missed cuts in May, but Kisner has been solid in his last two events, finishing T6 at the Travelers Championship and T21 at the Open Championship. Kisner is ranked 13th in strokes gained putting, 26th in strokes gained around the green, and converts over 67 percent of his greens in regulation. He’s a complete player with momentum and a lot of success at Detroit Golf Club, so plug Kisner into lineups as a massive value.
Hank Lebioda ($7,100)
After missing the cut during his first two appearances at the RMC, Hank Lebioda managed a T4 finish in 2021, going 17-under-par after going -10 across his final two rounds. Lebioda’s best asset is his putter, ranked 53rd in strokes gained putting, while he also possesses decent driving accuracy. He’s not going to inflict much damage, and while the birdies aren’t constantly flowing, Lebioda is talented enough to make the cut to produce in lineups across the final two rounds. He just finished T16 at the 3M Open and only has one missed cut in his past six events, so plug in Lebioda as a high-floor salary saver.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $60,000
Patrick Cantlay ($12,000)
Ignoring the betting favorite at the RMC this weekend would be foolish. Patrick Cantlay has never competed professionally on the Detroit Golf Course, so it will be interesting to see how he opts to navigate it during his debut. Cantlay is still searching for his first solo win of the 2022 PGA season and has enough juicy statistics to make him an easy choice to insert into FanDuel lineups. Despite his $12,000 salary, Cantlay is well worth the price of admission, going T3, T14, T13, T4, and T8 in his last five events. In a lighter field on a birdie-friendly course, Cantlay is poised to linger near the top of the leaderboard all weekend.
Cameron Davis ($11,100)
Cam Davis returns to RMC as the defending champion and is playing quality golf in July. The 27-year-old Aussie has gone T8, sixth, and T16 in his past three events. Davis’ top-ranked bounce-back percentage (33.16%) is even more enticing, representing his ability to score a birdie or better after a bogey or worse. Davis is ranked fifth in par breakers at 22.7 percent, meaning his ability to maintain par without hitting a green in regulation. Davis saves his best performances for last, averaging 69.43 in Round 4, so he is a patient investment that will yield a huge ROI by Sunday afternoon.
Maverick McNealy ($10,400)
One of the PGA Tour’s rising stars to target this weekend is 26-year-old Maverick McNealy. He is ranked 29th in the FedExCup, has a second-place finish among four T10 finishes this season, and is a seasoned veteran competing at Detroit Golf Course. McNealy has one of the best birdie averages on Tour with 4.1 per round, ranking 20th, while also boasting a putter ranked 32nd in strokes gained. He’s posted finishes of T21 and T8 in the past two years at RMC and has 320 birdies this season. McNealy has made the cut in all four events he’s competed in during July, going T8, T16, T9, and T49. Chasing birdies and eagles is an easy formula to always cash PGA DFS lineups, making McNealy a lock on FanDuel.
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