MIKE’S BETS

LANTO GRIFFIN (USA) 125/1-8 Places Sky Bet – £5 EW

PATRICK REED (USA) 16/1 William Hill – 8 Places – £5 EW

PETER UIHLEIN (USA) 150/1 Paddy Power – 8 Places – £5 EW

ERIK VAN ROOYEN (RSA) 66/1 William Hill – 8 Places – £5 EW

RORY SABBATINI (SK) 50/1 Boyle Sports – 8 Places – £5 EW

BRIAN STUARD (USA) 100/1 Sky Bet – 8 Places – £5 EW

EXTRA – TROY MERRITT (USA) 250/1 Paddy Power – 8 Places – £1 EW

DETROIT GOLF CLUB – THROUGH THE YEARS STATEMENT

Founded in 1899 by William R. Farrand and several close friends, Detroit Golf Club remains an exclusive private golf club to this day. The original leaders first limited membership to 100 golfers and the Clubhouse was closed on Sundays. Through the years, we’ve grown well beyond our initial roster, but our dedication to providing an upscale, golf-centered private experience has never wavered.

Early in our existence, a six hole course turned into nine holes and later eighteen holes.  Further, not one but two unique Clubhouses were built with our first opening in 1906. Through the first 25 years of prominence, Detroit Golf Club quickly transformed into what we know it to be today. By 1916, our two Donald Ross-designed courses were completed and 1918 saw the completion of our permanent Albert Kahn designed Clubhouse. We have improved upon these stately fixtures over the last 100 years, but the traditional feel and sense of comfort remains.

As the times changed we added several features to enhance the member experience; notably our aquatics center, athletic facilities, children’s amenities, casual dining options and many others. There continues to be improvements made to the course as well, but as with everything, there is a strong desire to preserve the unique history of the Club and our courses.

OUR COURSES

When it comes to premier golf courses, Detroit Golf Club is in select company. Donald Ross, architect of both the North and South courses, was the highest regarded course designer of the first half of the 20th century. Hailing from Dornoch, Scotland, he spent the long off-season sketching golf holes. At 18, Ross began a two-year summer internship at St. Andrews under the legend himself, Old Tom Morris.

He later moved to the US and worked as a golf professional. Ross enjoyed good success at the tournament level. When he landed at Pinehurst his career as a course architect found its first milestone in Pinehurst #2. By the end of his career, Ross had designed over 600 courses around the world. Detroit Golf Club proudly offers its members 36 examples of the master’s finest work.

ROCKET MORTAGE CLASSIC SCORECARD

PAST WINNERS

Winner  2019 Nate Lashley – Runner Up  Doc Redman

NEW FOR THIS YEAR

The Area 313 Challenge has been reimagined for this year’s event and is more exciting than ever before. TOUR players will compete to make an eagle, ace, birdie (3-1-3) on holes 14, 15 and 16 on each of the 4 days of tournament play. The first golfer to achieve this feat will win $313,000 in their name to support our “Changing the Course” initiative. Additionally, anytime a player hits a “3” or “1” or “3,” on the respective holes, Rocket Mortgage will make a direct donation to the cause.

  • A “3” or Eagle on hole 14 will amount to a $5,000 donation by Rocket Mortgage. 
  • A“1” or Hole-In-One on hole 15 will amount to a $25,000 donation by Rocket Mortgage. 
  • A “3” or Birdie on hole 16 will amount to a $5,000 donation by Rocket Mortgage.

MIKE’S PICKS

LANTO GRIFFIN (USA) 125/1-8 Places Sky Bet – £5 EW

This feels the best time for me to get back on board this talented player. His start to the 2019/20 season has to be one of the best talking points, after he won his card back from playing the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019.

He then carried on a great run of form:

Greenbrier – 13th – Sanderson 11th – Safeway 17th – Shriners 18th

Before winning his first PGA Tour title at the Houston Open. I will forgive him two missed cuts coming back after the break, but last week he had found some of that class of old. Shooting four rounds in the 60’s this was the spark we were looking for.

Birdies and Eagles will be the main concern for me here and he sits in third place with total birdies so far this season with 257. This course also plays sneaky long on quite a few of the par fours and some of the hardest scoring Par three’s this week. So it is nice to see him very high in the stats for Birdie/Eagles streak and par three birdies.

Going to get some good value here. Will bet £5 EW

PATRICK REED (USA) 16/1 William Hill – 8 Places – £5 EW

Always a good bet for us is Patrick. Shame to see him this low in the odds but very similar to Dustin last week who was around 20’s on the Thursday. So with a lot of the world’s best taking a break here this week he should be a must on your slip.

On his return he has managed a top ten finish at the Charles Schwab followed that with a missed cut at the RBC Heritage, but then only last week showed some great play to manage a top twenty five finish.

It will be another low scoring week here with birdies galore, and playing Reed who has managed around 4.5 birdies a round so far this season and one of the best putter here this week he could be going very low.

Winner already this year at the WGC-Mexico, I like the way he is trending and he could run away with this victory here. It will be interesting to see his first round as normally a slow starter, so his odds could go higher on the Friday but worth keeping an eye on. Personally if he shoots 69/70 in his opening round, I will then stake more on him if his price drifts.

PETER UIHLEIN (USA) 150/1 Paddy Power – 8 Places – £5 EW

Good friend of GBT and the team, we got to know Peter quite well as he played a lot of his golf on the European Tour. Think we have tipped him about five times in the past and he managed a good place return for us. He owes us a better finish and we did remind him of this on the range this weekJ.

Could blow hot and cold week on week that is why I like him here. His last outing was some solid play at the Charles Schwab shooting 69-65-69-67 to finish up in a tie for 14th place. Driving distance that week was 318 yards, with a good par three and par four average.

The putter is the sometimes a bit hit and miss but has been putting in a lot of work over the break to get this improved. This was backed up with gaining half a shot on the field at the Charles Schwab.

He is a seasoned professional with some good wins under his belt, he has the game to get the job done on the PGA Tour, and it could be a great chance for him here.

Similar to last week I was left with two bigger odds picks, and have decided Peter is the better pick over Troy Merritt 250/1. I will also add Troy as a £1 EW bet and add him this week.

ERIK VAN ROOYEN (RSA) 66/1 William Hill – 8 Places – £5 EW

Another player who has be kind to GBT over the years. I feel everything about his game fits this course so well.

Picked up his first win on the European Tour last year at the Scandinavian Invitation, this pushed him close to becoming a world top fifty player. Still finding his feet on US soil but a world class player never the less and will win very soon I am sure.

You only have to look at his results against some of world’s best fields.

  • Irish Open 2018 – 4th
  • PGA Championship 2019 – 8th
  • HSBC Abu Dhabi 2020 – 12th
  • WGC Mexico 2020 – 3rd

I feel this week is now the start where distance of the tee will count, the past few events the way the courses have been set up and distance pretty much meant anyone could have gone close to the win.

He combines great putting with distance from the tee and a great tee to green game. The team followed him at practice this week and that driver seems to be working, and the accuracy was as high as 66% last week so a marked improvement. If he keeps this up here the birdies will come very easy for him.

An under the radar pick from the team.

RORY SABBATINI (SK) 50/1 Boyle Sports – 8 Places – £5 EW

Going for a Rory here this week. What is not to like here this week. Gone tied 14th and tied 21st on his first two events back against two very strong fields.

What do I like with his game right now is the flat stick, it seems to have turned the corner and should be just in time for a solid week on the greens here. He made nearly 1.5 strokes gained putting at the Charles Schwab and again followed that with nearly half a shot at the RBC. If you compare that to his season where he sits at .014 SG putting and sits 114th on the PGA Tour stats, this is a big positive and shows the work with his new putting coach is paying off.

Last year he led the field in fairways hit and also was the best scorer on the Par fives. He likes and feels this place is good for him so all boxes ticked for me and the team.

BRIAN STUARD (USA) 100/1 Sky Bet – 8 Places – £5 EW

Going to throw Brian in again here this week and why not. He was 300/1 when we tipped him at the RBC Heritage where he made the cut but then fell away on moving day but finished strong on the Sunday shooting a 67.

What trends are looking good for him this week? His overall scoring since his return has been pretty impressive.

  • Charles Schwab -4 43rd
  • RBC Heritage -9 52nd
  • Travelers -12 20th

Finished in fifth place here last year. He is a pretty solid player who makes a lot of cuts, so should be here again at the weekend. He just needs to mirror that greens in regulation stat from last year and he could be close to the top of the leader board come Sunday evening.

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