With the fourth of July approaching, it was fitting that the Rocket Mortgage Classic was full of fireworks on Friday, as some of the biggest names that kicked off the week had an early launch.
Bryson DeChambaut left the field in the most unexpected way, as he was the favorite of the tournament and the reigning champion. He could not fix anything and missed with two shots. Webb Simpson also followed suit, while Hideki Matsuyama did not improve on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.
The weak course has become even softer ahead of the weekend at the Detroit golf club, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be an exciting finish. Joaquin Niemann and Tom Lewis are 10 below par on the leaderboard, with the three-man group just one shot behind. Max Homa is the biggest name in this triumvirate as he posted a round of the day with a score of 7 to 65.
Aside from the under-9 players, there is an eight-man group that will only hit two backs on Saturday, making for a tight leaderboard. I will still be looking for pursuers and value as the Rocket Mortgage Classic can go to any number of players over the next 36 holes.
Explanation of the resulting strokes
Number of strokes can give golfers, DFS players and fans more information on how a golfer actually plays measuring each shot in relation to the rest of the field…
Using the millions of data points it collects, TOUR calculates how many strokes, on average, it takes a player to hit a hole from any distance and from any situation. If a player surpasses these averages, he scores points on the field.
Every golf situation is different – Strokes Gained measures how players perform depending on the situation.
In this article, we will touch on various stroke count metrics …
- Number of strokes: no T-shirt
- The resulting finishing touches: the approach
- Number of strokes: about green
- Number of strokes: putting
- Hits Received: Ball Hits (which is an offside approach + approach)
- Hits Received: Tee-Green (meaning Ball Hits + Around-Green)
In general, hitting the ball and triplets on green are the most stable over the long term, while puttinging is more volatile.
You can often find advantages for real-time betting by identifying golfers who hit the ball well but don’t get hit on the ball. Likewise, players with a high SG: entering numbers may regress as they move forward.
3 golfers to buy in the 3rd round
I have tried Sungja Im back to the circle of winners throughout the year, but maybe this week we will finally see how this is implemented. He scored hits in all categories including 1.81 hits with Friday iron. This is due to the fact that tournaments in a row win on the approach and just miss his usually sharp tee game.
This week, we see the ball fly across the board, leaving it just three shots behind the leaders. Now is the perfect time for me to collect one of my best golf clubs of the year, as all the important Olympic Games are looming for an outstanding South Korean.
Winning will go a long way in increasing his confidence on the way to Tokyo, and he interests me at +2500 odds on BetMGM At the moment.
If you have read these articles over the past year, then you know that I have a weakness for Will Zalatoris… I’ve been by his side since he burst onto the PGA stage last fall, plus I’m trying my best to make sure I don’t miss out on his first PGA TOUR win. This led me to invest a few dollars in it, with little point in showing it at this stage.
However, I go back to the well here with a little FOMO Zalatoris play. He didn’t have his best game at the start of the week, but it’s encouraging to see him in the squad and just four shots behind the leaders.
Zalatoris has made a name for himself with his elite approach to playing this season, something that has been lacking so far this week. Around Friday, he started showing signs that this is about to change, and I expect to see him this weekend.
I will be for him in matchups, DFS and even +3300 to win his first win. This is a course that suits his game, as he will not reveal his weak points on the green field. If he can find him a little as he gets closer, he’ll be on the Sunday mix.
It might be a week when Jason Cochrac I just can’t see or feel it on the Detroit golf lawn, but I just can’t leave. He played two rounds from tee to green, where he averaged over 3.5 shots in each round.
The hitting the ball was incredible as he made almost three shots on the field in this category on Friday after four on Thursday. In my opinion, he looks like a player ready and ready for his third win of the season if he manages to get a few more hits.
I double it as it still has a value of +3000 by BetMGM and looks great in matchups as well as in DFS before reaching the third round.
3 golfers will disappear in the third round
My first weekend exit – with one of the co-directors Tom Lewis… He has had a good run of 36 holes, but it doesn’t seem steady with the way he has done it so far.
Lewis hit a 3-under 69 in the afternoon to tie Niemann to the leaderboard, but he had to overcome lost shots on approach for that to happen. On Friday, he lost 0.69 shots on the field, which was a disappointment after having such a strong day in the category in the first round.
What worries me most is that Lewis is a player who has lost more than one hit on the pitch in four tournaments in a row, and it looks like the Irons might go in that direction again.
It was a bit of magic for Troy Merritt through the first two rounds. He managed only one shot to lag behind the leaders, despite the fact that he lost three hits before Green Thursday and another 1.51 on Friday.
The only way to achieve this is to get a hot club, and this was certainly the case with Merritt. He has already made more than six shots on the grass, which is a huge number even for a guy who plays well with the club. I’m going to loosen up his stick by staying so hot for the rest of the way, as I think he’ll need to find some ball to stay in the match.
For me, the last extinction. Brandon Haguewho fought for the lead in the first round before Davis Thompson got hot. In the first round everything worked for Haegi, but he returned to the problems that have plagued him over the past few tournaments.
In the second round, he lost more than one hit from the field to the target, and it really was difficult for him on the way. Haegi has lost 1.48 sticks and the only reason he is still at the top with an 8th is his stick.
Like Lewis, Hague has been battling several events in the pipeline, and it seems like the problem could re-raise its ugly head. I’m not on Haegi and I expect to see him drop on the leaderboard as the pressure builds up.