The field is not as strong at the Rocket Mortgage Classic as it’s been in recent PGA Tour events
The first three weeks of the PGA Tour’s resumption of play in June has been a sprint in some ways. Many players opted to play in each event thus far after going three months without competition.
It seems like this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic is where a lot of players have chosen to rest up. The next two weeks will both be at famed Muirfield Village, so it makes sense to play one or two of those tournaments and skip Detroit.
More from Golf News
None of the world’s top five and three of the top 10 are playing this week.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic is in its second year on the schedule. Nate Lashley lit up Detroit Golf Club for a surprising six-shot win at 25-under.
Conditions were favorable for low scores both in setup and mild weather. That looks like it’ll be the case again based on early forecasts: Temperatures look to be in the 70s-80s Fahrenheit with no precipitation and light wind.
DGC is designed by Donald Ross. Seventeen holes from the club’s North course and one from the South make for a composite course measuring 7,340 yards for a par 72. It’s a fairly wide course where length is an asset, especially compared to the last three weeks.
The course expects to play pretty easy once again. Defenses are treelined fairways, more bunkers than the average Tour stop and Ross’ classic undulating greens. The rough is expected to be slightly higher than last year.
The greens are a mix of bentgrass and poa annua. Poa was in play last week at the Travelers Championship and is prevalent on the West Coast.
Established players have won the first three events since the PGA Tour resumed play. Based on my power rankings, I predict that to happen again, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see another unsung player like Lashley walk away with the trophy.