The 3 Best Matchup Bets For the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic
Patrick Reed is one of the favorites at the Wyndham Championship. Elsa/Getty Images. Pictured: Patrick Reed
- What are the best matchup bets for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic? Our staff breaks down their favorites.
- Their picks include Webb Simpson over Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler over Hideki Matsuyama and more.
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.
Below are our favorite matchups for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic:
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Patrick Reed (-106) over Tyrrell Hatton
Three months after undergoing surgery on his right wrist, Hatton returned in February and finished T-6 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, then won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and, after another three-month break due to the schedule shutdown, finished T-3 at the RBC Heritage.
Everyone is going crazy for Hatton now, especially since his ball-striking numbers are through the roof, but that just might mean he’s overvalued. Reed owns a nice history on Donald Ross courses, including a T-5 at this one last year. He’s also coming off a final-round 64 at the Travelers Championship, which should provide some momentum moving forward.
There aren’t a ton of matchups amongst the bigger names that I like this week, but this one feels like a solid play.
Webb Simpson (+140) over Bryson DeChambeau
Odds via the Westgate SuperBook
I know Bryson is getting a lot of love and is the favorite this week but having Webb as this big of a dog seems like a bit of an overreaction.
Simpson is in the best form of his career and, even though Bryson has been close these last couple weeks, he’s still trying to iron out some things with his wedge game.
Obviously if Bryson goes out and puts it all together, then this will look bad. But Simpson is one of the more consistent players on TOUR and there’s no reason to think he can’t bring that form from two weeks ago into this event.
Rickie Fowler (+115) over Hideki Matsuyama
OK, I get it. Rickie hasn’t been very good over the two tournaments he’s played since the COVID hiatus. But to be fair, the first one was just a really atrocious short-game outing — usually a big strength for Rickie — and the other his game was fine and he was on the line. It wasn’t as bad as it seems, and he’s obviously incredibly talented.
Further, what did we see from Hideki’s game that gives us that much more confidence? He played just once and was even worse than Rickie. He’s just getting the bump since he played pretty well here at Detroit last season.
I honestly don’t think either of these guys should comfortably be a favorite here, so I have no problem in that situation taking a +115 line.