STAR PREVIEW: Rocket Mortgage Classic with Blue Horseshoe

It’s gonna be pretty short and sweet this week, team because the Rocket Mortgage Classic from the Detroit Golf Club, Michigan, is a new event at a course that has never held a PGA Tour event before, so course form counts for nothing as there is absolutely none to speak of.

The course itself is standard in length being a 7,340 yard par 72 layout. It is fairly heavily tree lined track with small Poa Annua greens, so the accent will be on accuracy off the tee, second shot ball striking and the confidence to putt on Poa Annua, which can be a tricky surface late in the day.

Instead of course form, which is usually quite a heavy consideration for me in my selection process, I am going to look for value from high class players who have been showing flickers of form recently.

Blue Horseshoe Loves

Patrick Reed currently at 33/1 with

Patrick Reed has been undergoing an extensive swing remodelling program over the last few months. The resulting scorecards haven’t made pretty reading in that time, but I have noticed in his last couple of tournaments that his scores have improved markedly and he seems to be finding something like his old form again. When he is on his game Reed is an excellent iron player and superb putter of the ball. I may be a week or two early, but I am going to take an each way punt that Reed is going to be right in the mix here in Detroit.

Gary Woodland currently at 16/1 with

Having picked Woodland two or three times leading up to the U.S. Open it was bitter-sweet to see him get up at Pebble Beach. It was good to see all the things I had written about his game in my preview selection write ups come to fruition, but it was tough to watch him beat my first selection Brooks Koepka on the final hole. Fair play to Gary Woodland though, he took all the pressure Kopeka threw at him and ended up winning in style. I cannot see why he won’t do well here in Detroit because his game is all about long, straight drives and well measured approach play to small targets.

Cameron Smith currently at 110/1 with

This little Aussie battlers touch also seems to have deserted him this year. Recently, however, his game seems to be trending back in the right direction. I have a lot of time for this guy. He has got real class about him and I think he will win a major at long odds over the next year or two. This course is not prohibitively long and could play to his ball striking and putting strengths, provided he drives well.

Corey Conners currently at 100/1 with

Conners is another player who’s game is all about driving accuracy and converting well from the fairway. He already has one win this year and has been in good position at other events only to fall away late. This course could represent a good opportunity for him to get back into the winners circle and he’s a great price for some each way value.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK PATRICK READ 2 pt each way at 33/1 with
BACK GARY WOODLAND 2 pt each way at 16/1 with
BACK CAMERON SMITH 1 pt each way at 110/1 with
BACK COREY CONNERS 1 pt each way at 100/1 with

ew 1/5 odds 6 places

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