Top Betting Picks for the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic

| June 29, 2021 3:52 am PDT

It’s impossible to know exactly what will happen and who’s going to win on the PGA Tour. However, one thing certain this week is that birdies and eagles will be flying around in bunches.

Bryson DeChambeau shot 23-under par to win by three at Detroit Golf Club in 2020; Nate Lashley was 23-under-par through three rounds here in 2019. Lashley ultimately finished 25-under par to put a stamp on his first PGA Tour victory.

As I begin sorting through my top betting picks for the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2021, remember that this Donald Ross creation has a habit of yielding lots of red numbers.

Rocket Mortgage Classic Sleeper Picks in 2021

Don’t shy away from backing dark horses. There have been two iterations of the RMC at Detroit Golf Club – one of which was won by a man ranked 346th in the world. Looking ahead to the festivities beginning on Thursday morning, I’ll toss out two Rocket Mortgage Classic sleepers who are catching my attention.

Cameron Tringale (+5500)

Lurking at some of the top golf betting sites at +4500, head to BetUS or XBet and grab some shares of Cameron Tringale at +5500. This week’s setup is conducive to guys who can roll the rock – few are more solid across the board in that regard than this 33-year-old Georgia Tech product.

Cameron Tringale – Putting Statistics in 2020-21
Statistic PGA Tour Rank
SG: Putting 25
Total Putting 21
Putting Average 13
Overall Putting Average 17
One-Putt % 15
3-Putt Avoidance 19

You’re looking at a man ranked inside the top-25 in each of the six major putting categories.

Armed with eight top-20s on the year, it actually gets better.

Tringale is a combined 29-under-par in two starts in this event (T5 in 2019; T30 in 2020).

Troy Merritt (+12500)

Showcased as one of my top DFS picks for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, there’s a lot of “merit” in throwing a few bucks on Troy Merritt. Just like that pun was an easy layup, Troy will have no problem posting low scores at Detroit GC.

Merritt was bogey-free through three rounds at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic. He ranked 12th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 8th in SG: Putting on his way to finishing T8.

Here’s a guy who’s been knocking on the door with three top-8 finishes in the last two months, and check out this little factoid.

Troy’s first PGA Tour victory came in the summer of 2015. His second victory occurred three years later, in the summer of 2018. Here we are three years later, in the summer of 2021 – could win #3 be on the horizon?

Top-20 Finish – Emiliano Grillo (+185)

One of my bold Rocket Mortgage Classic predictions is that Emiliano Grillo lands inside the top-20. It’s really not that hot of a take when you consider how easy Emiliano made things look last Friday in Connecticut.

Grillo hit 14/14 fairways and shot 65 despite losing strokes to the field with his putter.

The 28-year-old Argentinian sits 1st on TOUR in par-4 scoring, 2nd in GIR, and 14th in total driving. This is an elite ball-striker seeking his 11th top-25 of the season.

If Emiliano can get things cleaned up on the greens, a second PGA Tour victory seems imminent. In the meantime, he’ll continue to pop on leaderboards on the heels of his silky golf swing.

Matchup Bet – Maverick McNealy (+115) Over Max Homa

In a matchup featuring Stanford vs. Cal, I’m taking the kid from “The Farm” who’s lurking at a favorable +115. Maverick McNealy has finished 20th and 30th in his last two starts, and it’s clear he found a sustainable swing thought last week at the Travelers.

McNealy topped all golfers in Cromwell in SG: Off-the-Tee. Maverick followed his Thursday 65 with three straight rounds of 70 and descends into Michigan with his game in a good spot.

On the flip side, Max Homa has “MC hammered” four of his last five starts. Going back further to THE PLAYERS in March, Homa has missed more cuts than he’s made.

Did I mention that Max didn’t play here last year while Maverick was busy finishing 8th?

Rocket Mortgage Classic Pick to Win

I’ll complete my series of Rocket Mortgage Classic picks with a nod to Patrick Reed to hoist the hardware. Reed leads the TOUR in putts per round, one-putt %, and birdie or better conversion rate. He’s one of the best chippers on the planet.

What typically holds Patrick back is a tee-to-green game that sometimes goes cold. The good news for everyone in Reed’s camp is it appears that Captain America may have found something last week at the Travelers Championship. Case in point – Reed ended the week at TPC River Highlands ranked 5th in SG: tee-Green, picking up a whopping 7.781 strokes on the field.

Should Patrick carry over that type of ball-striking into Detroit Golf Club, those holding a ticket on Reed to win should be in for a Sunday sweat.

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Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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