PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic preview: field, betting odds, tee times, how to watch

The PGA Tour heads to Michigan this week as the Detroit Golf Club plays host to the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The 2024 edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic marks the sixth staging of the tournament, yet it is in an unfortunate spot on the schedule. The Memorial, US Open, and the Travelers have taken place in successive weeks. Not many players are going to skip either the signature events (otherwise they will face a fine) or a major championship, thus meaning the field in Detroit will be of the weaker variety.

The event began in 2019, replacing the Quicken Loans National on tour, which had been hosted by Tiger Woods since its inception in 2007.

Rickie Fowler lifts 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Last year, Rickie Fowler ended his four-and-a-half-year drought on the PGA Tour by claiming victory in the event. He finished tied at 24-under par for the week with Adam Hadwin and Collin Morikawa, but he prevailed in the subsequent playoff, finally coming back into the winners’ circle.

The American is confirmed in the field as he aims to replicate last year’s stunning display. Another player to watch out for is 15-year-old Miles Russell, who will make his PGA Tour debut in Detroit this week.

Russell is one of the most decorated players in junior golf and will become one of the youngest ever players to feature in a PGA Tour event.

Where is the Rocket Mortgage Classic played?

Detroit Golf Club plays host to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the first PGA Tour event to be held entirely within the Detroit City limits.

There are two courses at the Detroit Golf Club, the North and South, both of which were designed by acclaimed architect Donald Ross. Both were opened by 1916, with the event primarily being held on the North course, although one hole is played on the South layout.

While Ross has designed some of America’s most difficult courses (Pinehurst No.2 and Seminole spring to mind), the 18-hole North layout isn’t one of them. Since the tournament was added to the schedule in 2019, every single winner has won with double digits under par.

Tony Finau holds the record winning score of 26-under par from 2022, and it is clear this week could also see another birdie fest.

Indeed, the 2020 edition saw a scoring average of 70.06, which was the lowest out of all the par-72s throughout the season.

What is the format of the Rocket Mortgage Classic?

The format of the Travelers Championship is a standard strokeplay event played over 72 holes with a cut after 36 holes (two rounds). The player with the lowest score over four rounds will win the tournament.

Who is in the field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic?

The event comes two weeks after the US Open and a week after the final signature event of 2024, the Travelers Championship. This may suggest several of the big hitters will take a week off, thus making the field slightly weaker.

The highest-ranked player in the field is Cameron Young, ranked No.31 in the Official World Golf Rankings, but 12 of the top 50 will be making an appearance.

This includes four of the previous eight winners on the PGA Tour in 2024; Chris Gotterup, Robert MacIntyre, Taylor Pendrith, and Davis Riley.

Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland, and Francesco Molinari add some Major winning prestige to the event, which can count itself unlucky to feature after two signature tournaments and a Major Championship.

The full field can be found here.

Tom Kim is favourite to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Who will win the Rocket Mortgage Classic?

Here are the tournament favorites for the Rocket Mortgage Classic:

Tom Kim 12/1

Cameron Young 16/1

Min Woo Lee 18/1

Akshay Bhatia 20/1

Maverick McNealy 25/1

Stephan Jaeger 28/1

Taylor Pendrith 28/1

Will Zalatoris 33/1

Aaron Rai 33/1

Davis Thompson 33/1

Robert MacIntyre 33/1

Alex Noren 33/1

Keith Mitchell 33/1

Adam Svensson 33/1

Taylor Moore40/1

Nicolai Hojgaard 40/1

Nick Dunlap 45/1

Ryan Fox 45/1

Ben Griffin 50/1

Matt Wallace 50/1

Chris Kirk 50/1

Rickie Fowler 50/1

Cameron Davis 50/1

How much will the winner of the Rocket Mortgage Classic receive?

The purse on offer this week is $9,200,000, less than half of the $20m that was on offer at the Travelers Championship last week.

The winner of the event will take home a cheque for $1.6m plus 500 FedExCup points, which could be vital as the playoffs edge ever closer.

Who has won the Rocket Mortgage Classic?

YearWinnerScoreWinners share ($)
2023Rickie Fowler-24 (playoff)1,584,000
2022Tony Finau-261,512,000
2021Cameron Davis-18 (playoff)1,350,000
2020Bryson DeChambeau-231,350,000
2019Nate Lashley-251,314,000

How to watch the Rocket Mortgage Classic?

Viewers in the UK can watch all the action on Sky Sports Golf.

Thursday 27 June: Sky Sports, 5pm

Friday 28 June: Sky Sports, 5pm

Saturday 29 June: Sky Sports, 5pm

Sunday 30 June: Sky Sports, 4.30pm

Viewers in the US can watch all the action on the Golf Channel.

Thursday 27 June: Golf Channel, 3pm

Friday 28 June: Golf Channel, 3pm

Saturday 29 June: Golf Channel, 1pm

Sunday 30 June: Golf Channel, 1pm

Rocket Mortgage Classic: Tee times and groupings

Tee times and groups for the weekend can be found here.

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Ross Kilvington is a Contributing Golf News Writer for Today's Golfer

Ross Kilvington – Contributing Golf News Writer

Ross Kilvington is a freelance writer from Scotland who currently writes previews for Today’s Golfer, covering events on the DP World, PGA and LPGA tours along with the LIV Golf Series.

Ross holds a passionate interest in golf and tries to play as often as possible, although having two daughters under the age of 6 means his quest to break 80 will have to wait a little longer.

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