Rocket Mortgage Classic betting tips & predictions – this week marks the first staging of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The tournament replaces the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour schedule and will be hosted by the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan.
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. The North Course plays hosts to this week’s inaugural playing of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
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 will play as a 7,300+ yards Par 72 for this week’s tournament.
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, on the face of it, will demand precision and reward ball-strikers. A variety of approach shots will be required to find the tricky green complexes. The greens on the North Course are classic Donald Ross, small, heavily contoured and raised. If the putting surface is missed then scrambling will be challenging.
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.
With no course form it is hard to find an angle in. While putting would normally be at a premium, the ‘unfamiliarity-factor’ will test all aspects of a player’s game. With unfamiliar greens serving as targets, players hitting full shots while being in tune with distance and accuracy will prosper.
This week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic is part of the Open Qualifying Series. There will be two places available for non-exempt players entry into the British Open Championship.
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 Betting Tips 2019