Rocket Mortgage Classic Tips – PGAgolfbets

Rocket Mortgage Classic tips
Rocket Mortgage Classic tips

2019 marked the first staging of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The tournament replaced the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour schedule.

The host course for the Rocket Mortgage Classic is the North Course at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan.

Course Overview

Detroit Golf Club was founded in 1899 by William R. Farrand as an exclusive private golf club. Bert Way designed the original 6 hole course and the layout gradually increased to 9 holes in 1900.

In 1906 the club was formally opened and in 1913 some additional property was bought. Donald Ross was retained to survey, design and build two courses on the property which became the North and South Courses.

At just over 7,000 yards from the back sticks, the North Course is the longer of the two layouts. However, with rerouting and the construction of several new tee boxes, the course plays as a 7,300+ yard Par 72 for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

As part of the rerouting and in an effort to lengthen and toughen the course, the first hole from the South Course will play as the third hole in this week’s event.

The North Course features narrow, tree-lined fairways which makes club selection from the tee box an important part of play. Also, several holes are doglegged requiring an ability to shape the ball both ways.

The North Course demands precision and rewards ball-strikers. A variety of approach shots will be required to find the tricky green complexes.

Scoring levels this week will ultimately be dictated by how penal the fairway rough will be and more importantly how slick and fast the undulating greens will play.

2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic | Cam Davis

Winning Score -18 (270)

Cam Davis
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 0.849 34
SGAPR 4.384 9
SGARG 3.218 5
SGP 3.095 22
SGT2G 8.448 4

2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic | Bryson DeChambeau

Winning Score -23 (265)

Bryson DeChambeau
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 6.672 1
SGAPR -0.485 84
SGARG 1.098 47
SGP 7.831 2
SGT2G 7.284 4

No surprise to see DeChambeau dominate from the tee last year in Detroit. ‘The Scientist’ topped the week for Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee which contributed nearly 45% of his overall strokes gained for the week. He had a negative strokes gained on approach but overall he finished 4th in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. He also finished 2nd in the Strokes Gained Putting which equated to a little over half his overall strokes gained for the week. Other stats include T102 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, T22 for GIR and T8 in Putts per GIR.

2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic | Nate Lashley

Winning Score -25 (263)

In 2019, Nate Lashley captured the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in a birdie-fest. The golfing Gods were smiling on Lashley as he was the last man in the field as the third alternate. He embraced his good fortune with a first round 63 and went on to lead wire-to-wire.

He closed with a final round -2 (70) to finish on a total -25 (263) for the tournament. The Top 20 players finished on -14 or better for the week.

“I was just happy to get in this week, and to end up winning is just a dream come true”

Nate Lashley

Nate Lashley
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 0.662 29
SGAPR 5.553 6
SGARG 1.806 13
SGP 9.329 2
SGT2G 8.021 3

Lashley excelled with the flat-stick finishing 2nd in the Strokes Gained Putting category. This translated to a gain of 9.329 strokes on the field average or almost 55% of his overall gain for the week. He topped the field in Birdies with 28 in total. His Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green resulted in a gain of 5.553 strokes or nearly one third of his overall gain. Other stats include T11 for Driving Accuracy, T43 for Driving Distance, T4 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.

Round 4 highlights 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Rocket Mortgage Classic Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past two champions of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Last 3 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes Gained Average Finishing
Position SG Category
SGOTT 2.728 21
SGAPR 3.151 33
SGARG 2.041 22
SGP 6.752 9
SGT2G 7.918 4

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting and a low scoring average on the stock Par 5s

Rocket Mortgage Classic Tips

Please check back on Tuesday 26th July for the PGAgolfbets’ Rocket Mortgage Classic tips & predictions 2022 from Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan.

The Event Form, Current Form and Stats Analysis tables will all be up dated in the week preceding the tournament when the field is finalised for the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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Author: Timmothy Castro