Golf Prop Betting Picks for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic
Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images. Pictured: Rory Sabbatini
- Our staff highlights their favorite golf prop betting picks ahead of the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic, which starts Thursday.
- Find out why they like Kevin Na to have a top-20 finish, Rory Sabbatini to have a top-40 finish and more below.
The PGA TOUR rolls into MoTown this weekend for the second annual Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
After three straight extraordinary fields plenty of star players are understandably taking this week off and that could lead to some chaos, especially considering the way this tournament played out in 2019.
The top four finishers at last year’s inaugural Rocket Mortgage ranked an average of 397th in the world, so it’s anybody’s guess how this weekend will play out.
So it’s a week to take some shots, but that also means you should cover your longshots with some safer bets, like matchup bets or props.
Here are our favorite prop bets for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic:
Winner to Birdie the 72nd Hole: Yes (+500)
Usually, my favorite props are more along the lines of top-10/20 bets, especially where there’s a little value. I tend to think of these types of scoring props as sucker bets, too often controlled by the moment, with too much variance. But … during his win last year, Nate Lashley birdied the 474-yard par-4 closing hole twice in four rounds.
We’re expecting the course to be toughened up this week, with fairways pinched a bit and thicker rough, so we might not see 25-under win again, but it’ll hardly be U.S. Open-tough. With that in mind, I love getting 5/1 odds on something that happened 50% of the time for last year’s winner, even if he didn’t birdie this hole on Sunday.
Kevin Na Top-20 Finish (+175)
I’ll be getting a lot down on Na this week.
As I mentioned in my preview, Detroit Golf Club is a course that should highlight Na’s strengths, which are his iron and putter.
Na tends to fly under the radar, but he’s been playing some of the best golf of his career over the past year.
Rory Sabbatini Top-40 Finish (-110)
The lesser-known Rory on TOUR, Sabbatini’s game looks excellent right now.
He’s coming off top-25 finishes at Colonial and Harbour Town, and most importantly the ball-striking, which I think is the most predictive part of a golfer’s game, was on point. He finished both weekends with a Sunday 65 and has momentum coming into this weaker field.
And oh yeah, he finished third here last year at the inaugural Detroit GC event, so he should be comfortable with the course. I’ll take nearly even money for him to be in the top-40 by Sunday.