Power Rankings: Top Picks to Win 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Published 06/30/2021, 5:20 AM EDT
Mar 12, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Bryson DeChambeau plays his shot from the eighth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The PGA Tour saw a grand conclusion to the Travelers Championship last week. But there’s no time to spare as the 2021 edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is all set to take place at the Detroit Golf Club from July 1-4. Here are our top five picks to win the tournament: 

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Before we dive in, it is essential to gain some insights into the star-studded field that will compete at the Rocket Mortgage Classic this year. First and foremost, a lot of the attention will be on 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson; lefty will be making his tournament debut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Furthermore, there are 13 major champions who are a part of the field at Detroit Golf Club this year. It implies that the competition will be fierce and there will be little margins for error. 

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A lot can be written about the field that will compete this year. The main spotlight will of course be on defending champion Bryson DeChambeau. Does he make up a spot in our Top 5 picks for this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic? 

Top 5 picks to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic

The Detroit Golf Club is a par-72 course with plenty of scoring opportunities. It is the flattest layout on the PGA Tour and here are the five players who have a solid chance of winning here in 2021: 

5. Patrick Reed 

Patrick Reed has been very consistent this season and notched up a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Reed has six Top 10 finishes in 18 starts this season and leads the PGA Tour in putts made per round (27.80).

4. Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson is yet to bring up a win this season. While he has only one Top 10 finish in his last five starts, Simpson’s experience can play a big part in regular PGA Tour events. Finished T8 at the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

3. Jason Kokrak

Jason Kokrak is in good form, having won the Charles Schwab Challenge lately. His putting game has been a gamechanger this season and Kokrak favors a flat layout like the Detroit Golf Club. Ranks second on the PGA Tour in SG: Putting (.842).

2. Will Zalatoris

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If there’s one thing to praise about Will Zalatoris, it is his efficiency. The 24-year-old is yet to find success with a PGA Tour win, but he’s getting closer with each start. The Rocket Mortgage Classic can break Zalatoris’ winless drought with its smaller greens.

1. Bryson DeChambeau

Our biggest bet is on the defending champion! DeChambeau outplayed the field on his Rocket Mortgage Classic debut last year and has the capacity to repeat such a performance. Leads the tour in driving distance and strokes gained: off-the-tee. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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