Some of the top golfers on the PGA Tour will be jockeying for position in the FedExCup standings this week as they head to Detroit Golf Club to play in the Rocket Mortgage Open.
World No. 4 Patrick Cantlay comes in as the +850 favorite at the tournament, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
Cantlay ready for run at another FedExCup title
Cantlay has won just one tournament this year, but he still has plenty to play for on the season. As the defending FedExCup champion, he wants to put himself in the best position possible to win that title for a second straight year. And while he hasn’t quite achieved as much as he would like this year, Cantlay still likes his chances.
“I would have liked to have closed out more of those tournaments, but that’s how golf is,” Cantlay told reporters. “My game’s in a really good spot. Like I said in some press [conferences] earlier in the year, I’ve been trying to double down on the process that got me to where I am, not change a whole lot and just look for small incremental improvements and I think the consistent play I’ve had this year is a testament to that.”
Will Zalatoris is still looking for his first win on tour despite an increasing number of close calls. He finished second at the PGA Championship this year losing in a playoff to Justin Thomas, and then tied for second at the US Open.
Rocket Mortgage Classic boasts deep field
The 25-year-old isn’t panicking. Zalatoris says he knows a win will be coming sooner or later. DraftKings lists Zalatoris as the +1200 second choice at the Rocket Mortgage Open. He also made it clear that his wins would come on the PGA Tour, where he feels victory carries more weight than in LIV Golf.
“Anybody here could have Monday’d in yesterday and won this golf tournament, and over there, it’s the same 48 guys playing over and over and over,” Zalatoris told reporters. “Here, it’s earned, and I think that’s the biggest difference.”
Another top contender at the Rocket Mortgage Open is Tony Finau (+1400), who is coming off a win last week at the 3M Open. That marked Finau’s first victory of the season, and he could easily contend for back-to-back titles this weekend.
However, Finau will have to contend with a deeper field this week. Five of the world’s top 20 players are in attendance, as are 28 of the top 100. Organizers were happy to point that out, with some even using it as a point of pride over the competing LIV Golf event happening in New Jersey this week.
“It’s the deepest field we’ve had,” Rocket Mortgage Classic executive director Jason Langwell said, via the Washington Post. “No other event in golf this weekend around the world will be able to say that.”