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2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic: Latest Betting Odds, Favorites and Sleeper Picks

Bryson DeChambeau is the heavy favorite, but look for Chilean Joaquin Niemann and more value plays to make some noise.

Just like three-time Travelers champion Bubba Watson on the back nine last Sunday, our picks burned out quickly and could not keep up.

A track meet turned into a war of attrition in Cromwell, Conn., as Harris English and Kramer Hickok battled it out in a grueling eight-hole playoff. Ultimately the experienced English earned his second win on Tour this year after finally separating himself with a birdie.

As for the picks, we began looking like we would continue the momentum of the past few weeks. After promising starts, though, Kevin Streelman missed the cut and both Mackenzie Hughes and Scottie Scheffler failed to impress on the weekend.

We now head back to where Bryson DeChambeau’s big drives finally broke through last year — the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Only four players in the world top 25 will be joining DeChambeau at Detroit Golf Club and going low will be vital for success. The only two winners at Detroit GC have finished at 25 and 23 under-par, respectively. The Donald Ross design is very level and features Poa greens for a 7,370-yard, par-72 layout.

According to William Hill, defending champion DeChambeau is the massive favorite at 15-2, even after not playing up to his standards in recent weeks. Next up, is Patrick Reed after recent solid finishes at 14-1. To follow, is Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Webb Simpson at 18-1. To close out the notables is upstart Joaquin Niemann at 22-1.

Joaquin Niemann at 2021 PGA Championship

Joaquin Niemann, at 22-1, is in prime position to take his second PGA Tour win.

For our favorite, we’re going with the value in Niemann on a course that should set up very well for the Chilean striper. Over the past 24 rounds on Tour, Niemann ranks no worse than 22nd in each key category necessary to succeed at this course — strokes gained off the tee, approach, par-5s, birdie or better.

Niemann will be able to take advantage of birdie and eagle opportunities as much as anyone on the wide-open layout. Look for Niemann to compete for his second win on Tour.

For a midrange pick, the price with Doc Redman at 50-1 also seems right. A combination of recent play and course history should have Redman full of confidence this week. He has two top-10 finishes in his past five starts and tied for second at the recent Palmetto Championship. In 2019, Redman finished second at the Rocket Mortgage and is third in strokes gained: total over the past two years on this course. Redman finished T-61 at the Travelers, but should ride the momentum he gained from his positive final round into Detroit.

For a sleeper, Chez Reavie looks good at 80-1. Reavie had a very tough start to his 2021 campaign, but has rounded into better form recently. He’s made three straight cuts including two top-25s at the Travelers and Palmetto Championship. His recent ball striking will be paramount as he gained off the tee and approach just last week. If Reavie can make the cut, he could also make a run up the leaderboard.

2021 picks scoreboard:

Winners: 3
Top 10s: 13
Top 20s: 11

Here are some notable odds, according to William Hill:

Bryson DeChambeau 15-2

Patrick Reed 14-1

Hideki Matsuyama 18-1

Webb Simpson 18-1

Joaquin Niemann 22-1

Will Zalatoris 25-1

Jason Kokrak 28-1

Jason Day 33-1

Matthew Wolff 33-1

Sungjae Im 33-1

Rickie Fowler 33-1

Kevin Kisner 33-1

Keegan Bradley 40-1

Bubba Watson 40-1

Cameron Tringale 40-1

Gary Woodland 40-1

Charley Hoffman 40-1

Emiliano Grillo 50-1

Garrick Higgo 50-1

Doc Redman 50-1

Brandt Snedeker 50-1

Brendon Todd 60-1

Adam Hadwin 66-1

Harold Varner 66-1

Lucas Glover 66-1

Kyle Stanley 66-1

Phil Mickelson 66-1

Max Homa 66-1

Alex Noren 66-1

Si-Woo Kim 66-1

Chez Reavie 66-1

Sepp Straka 80-1

Erik Van Rooyen 80-1

Maverick McNealy 80-1

Lanto Griffin 80-1

Charles Howell 100-1

Danny Lee 100-1

Ryan Armour 125-1

Pat Perez 125-1

MacKenzie Hughes 125-1

Hank Lebioda 125-1

Matt Jones 125-1

Luke List 125-1

Danny Willett 125-1

Chris Kirk 125-1

Kramer Hickok 125-1

Andrew Putnam 150-1

Patrick Rodgers 150-1

Adam Long 150-1

Chesson Hadley 150-1

Brice Garnett 150-1

Doug Ghim 150-1

Patton Kizzire 150-1

Kyoung-Hoon Lee 150-1

Beau Hossler 150-1

Russell Knox 150-1

Joel Dahmen 150-1

Scott Stallings 150-1

Cameron Davis 150-1

Troy Merritt 150-1

Mark Hubbard 150-1

Cameron Champ 150-1

Nate Lashley 150-1

Kevin Chappell 150-1

Joseph Bramlett 150-1

Matthew NeSmith 150-1

Will Gordon 150-1

Tom Lewis 150-1

Rory Sabbatini 150-1