RM Classic – Matchup Bets

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The PGA TOUR moves to the  Rocket Mortgage Classic  at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan for the inaugural event outside of the Motor City. The tournament replaces the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour schedule, an event previously played at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington D.C.


Each week we'll take a look at the best round matchups to try and build up a nice bankroll.

Billy Horschel (-110) vs. Chez Reavie: Horschel is the 10th-highest ranked player in this week's field, according to the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). He has missed just one cut this season, and he faces Reavie, who is coming off a victory at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut last week. Reavie has back-to-back top-5 finishes and is due for a letdown. Reavie is just so-so in the Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee category, and he ranks 82nd in Par 5 Scoring Average, a fairly critical area for success at this course.

Last event (Travelers): 2-2 (-25)
This season: 26-27-2 (-415)


72-Hole Group Betting - Billy Horschel (+350): In a five-golfer group featuring Brandt Snedeker (+350), Horschel, Ryan Moore (+350), Kevin Streelman (+360) and Joaquin Niemann (+360), I am banking on Horschel to use his big-dog OWGR status to his advantage. The only thing which should give bettors pause is his poor work in the Putts Per Round (143rd on Tour) category.

Top 20 Finish - Dustin Johnson (-300): Johnson is the cream of the crop in this week's field, and it really isn't even close. Rickie Fowler (-175) and U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland (-150) are tempting, too, but D.J. should be able to easily finish inside the Top 20 in this one.

Top 20 Finish - Kevin Kisner (+150): Kisner is an interesting play this week due to his accuracy off the tee. He has hit 602 of a possible 863 fairways, ranking 13th in Driving Accuracy Percentage. He is also a respectable 41st on Tour in Scoring Average (70.565), and a very sharp 37th in Putts Per Round (28.53), an area which should serve him well at Detroit Golf Club in this inaugural event.

Top 20 Finish - Jason Dufner (+225): Dufner is a Midwest guy who showed out in his home region earlier this season. The Ohio native was seventh at Jack's place during the Memorial Tournament outside of Columbus.

Top 20 Finish - Luke List (+333): List will look to use his muscle to his advantage this week. DGC is a Par 72 layout at 7,340 yards, so length off the tee will be key. He checks in third in Driving Distance at 313.4 yards, and he is 11th in SG: Off-the-Tee, a key area of focus for bettors this week.

Last event: 1-2 (+25)
This season: 18-34 (-988)