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The field heads to The Detroit Golf Club this week for the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic for another mediocre field event. We have some big names, led by Bryson DeChambeau who looks to defend his title here – but all in all, this week is a little bit of a lull in the PGA season from a field quality standpoint. But – lucky for us, we have another week of DFS action upon us as the players turn their attention to the Par 72 Detroit Golf Club that checks in at just under 7400 yards. Ball striking and ability to score on Par 5’s will be paramount this week – so let’s have a look at five options to strongly consider in your builds…and no, I won’t be wasting your time by saying Bryson is an excellent play – because he is my favourite option on the board this week.
The Best of the best…(not named Bryson)
- Jason Kokrak, $9,500
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the high spends this week as ‘strong’ plays – but to me, I really think that Bryson is the best of the bunch. So – who do we want to compliment him with? Kokrak is an excellent choice for significant exposure in MME formats this week. He is above average off of the tee, with his approach shots, and is an elite putter who has the ability to go really low if his putting is on point. I think the course is a great fit for his game – and he is an excellent option this week for a mid $9k spend in a weak field event.
The Next Group
- Si Woo Kim, $8,000
He’s not the best putter, but outside of his work on the green – he is above average in all facets of the game. He has the ability to rack up birdies, especially on Par 5’s – and I like the spot for him this week in a relatively weak field event. The price point is outstanding here, and although he stumbled at the Travelers last week, I really liked what I saw from him at The Memorial – and to a lesser extent at the US Open. I think he bounces back strong this week.
- Doc Redman, $7,900
I continue to like what I see from Redman, who has really bounced back after a dismal start to the season. No metrics will jump out at you if you look at his season long stats – but if you look closer at what he’s been doing lately, it’s quite impressive. He has been throwing darts with his approach game, and has gained strokes on the field in six straight tournaments, which has helped him make the cut in each of those six events, including two top 10 finishes. He has some past success in this event as well with a 2nd place finish in 2019 – all in all, there’s a lot to like here with Redman this week.
- Hank Lebioda, $7,200
I was confused by his price a week ago in this column, and although he is $500 more expensive, I have no problem going back to the well with how strong his game has been of late, coming into this one fresh off of a 5th place finish at the Travelers. His short game was remarkably strong last week, and while that level of play isn’t sustainable – he is usually a better ball striker than what we saw last week, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw those metrics improve while his short game inevitably regresses to the mean. Either way, he is playing outstanding golf and I have no problem touting him again this week at an affordable price.
Don’t Forget About…
- Doug Ghim, $7,000
He’s been quite inconsistent, so there is risk here and I wouldn’t go nuts with exposure – but in a weak field event, I like the spot for him on a course that seems to fit his game quite well. An elite ball striker who ranks 17th on tour in SG: APP and 28th in SG: TTG, if Ghim can even just be average on the green this week, I like his chances of paying off at a $7k price tag in a weak field event. He has plenty of risk, but a ton of upside at that price and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him string together four strong rounds in Detroit this week.