Detroit News predictions: Rocket Mortgage Classic
Matt Charboneau, John Niyo, Tony Paul and Craig Yuhas of The Detroit News make their picks for this week’s inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Dustin Johnson: He has just one win this year, but seven top-10s, including runner-up at The Masters and the PGA Championship, proof that the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world will likely be a factor every time he tees it up.
Gary Woodland: How can you not pick the reigning U.S. Open champion? Of course, there were seven top-10s before that, including a tie for eighth at the PGA Championship. The only question is how he handles playing now as a major champion.
Chez Reavie: Might as well go with the hot hand, right? His four-shot win last week at the Travelers Championship came after a tie for third at the U.S. Open. It seems likely he won’t go 11 years in between Tour wins this time.
Kevin Kisner: The winner of the WGC-Match Play at the end of March has three top-10 finishes this year. After a missed cut at the PGA Championship, he’s starting to round into form with a tie for 15th last week at the Travelers Championship.
Rickie Fowler: He had five top-10 finishes through the Masters, including at win at the Phoenix Open. He’s leveled off a bit but the first-round 66 at the U.S. Open could be repeated more than once this week.
Gary Woodland: With top-10 finishes in eight of his 18 starts, it’d be a surprise if the U.S. Open champ isn’t in the mix.
Brandt Snedeker: If it’s a putting contest on these Donald Ross greens, it’s hard not to like Snedeker’s chances.
Chez Reavie: Last week’s winner is on a roll since March, and a back-nine 28 at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut shows how low he can go.
Joaquin Niemann: The Chilean phenom and former world amateur No. 1 is finding the form he flashed last year as a Tour rookie.
Dustin Johnson: This is the second new course in three outings for Johnson, but the world No. 2 is probably due for another win. He has a handful of top-five finishes already this year and the length to turn DGC into a pitch-and-putt course.
Dustin Johnson: I mean, he hits it a country mile and surprisingly accurately, and his short game is underrated. And only Brooks Koepka is ranked higher in the world. That’s something.
Bubba Watson: The big lefty is closing in on Hall-of-Fame numbers, with 12 wins and two majors. This year hasn’t been his best, but a Donald Ross design could cure that.
Gary Woodland: Yeah it’s pretty hard to go against the U.S. Open champion, even though back-to-back wins is a tall order — especially since he could be wiped after his Victory Lap
Viktor Hovland: The newly minted pro is going to win soon, so why not this week?
Dustin Johnson: Only one of the PGA Tour’s 12 best scorers from this season are playing in Detroit, and, yep, that’s D.J. (69.2). He’ll win a shootout with Hideki Matsyuama (69.8).
Dustin Johnson: With a week off after a disappointing U.S. Open finish, he should be fresh and ready to go low.
Chez Reavie: Reavie is the hottest guy on Tour right now, with a third at the U.S. Open and winning at the Travelers this past weekend.
Gary Woodland: Only Reavie’s confidence is higher right now and with a week off after his U.S. Open win, should be ready to start firing again.
Rickie Fowler: Seems like an odd spot for Fowler, but he’ll be pulled all over the place this week as a spokesman for Rocket Mortgage. He will make the cut and play well, but winning this event might be too much to ask.
Hideki Matsuyama: The scores this week will be low and not many players have the juice to get to 20 to 24 under par. Matsuyama does. He hasn’t missed a cut in the last 16 tournaments he’s played in and has finished in the top 25 in 11 of them. He gets his first victory of 2019 this weekend.