See below as we run through the tournament for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and 32Red’s Jack Milner.
ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC
- Detroit Golf Club, Michigan
- First staged in 2019
- Current champion – Not available
OVERVIEW: A brand new event on the schedule and is part of the new build up to The Open and is a qualifying event for the final major of the year.
It is a very strong event, despite being new, with Dustin Johnson favourite – but he has some big-name rivals in the shape of US Open winner Gary Woodland and the in-form Chaz Reavie.
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ESTRELLA DAMM ANDALUCIA MASTERS
- Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande
- First staged in 2010
- Current champion is Sergio Garcia
OVERVIEW: Always a popular venue at Valderrama – it looks to have found its place in the calendar and as of this year has become an Open qualifier, the same as its American counterpart.
The question is can anyone but Sergio Garcia win on a course he knows and loves, having won three times in succession, but the likes of in-form English pair Matt Fitzpartick and Matt Wallace should push him hard.
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The Bookies point of view…
32Red’s Sponsorship manager Jack Milner delivers a weekly verdict on each tournament.
Valderrama normally means several things on The European Tour, most notably tight fairways and Sergio Garcia lifting the trophy. Garcia won a rain-affected tournament last season, when played in October, but was in much better form entering the tournament having been instrumental in Europe’s Ryder Cup defeat of USA in France.
He can be swerved at around the 6/1 mark, with compatriot John Rahm likewise opposed at the same price. After his agonising play-off defeat, I’m chancing Matthew Fitzpatrick to go one better at a course that should play to the Englishman’s strengths. The five-time tour winner made up for a slow start with three rounds in the 60’s before ultimately going down to Andrea Pavan at the second extra hole. Should he continue in a similar manner at The Andalucía Masters he will be very hard to beat.
At bigger prices, I could see Richie Ramsay playing well at around the 66/1 mark, whilst Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fdz-Castano are both too big around three figures to win on home soil.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic, formerly The Quicken Loans, sees Dustin Johnson enter as 11/2 favourite to come good in Detroit. DJ disappointed in the latter rounds of The US Open at Pebble Beach but is undoubtedly the most likely winner in a field that has Rickie Fowler, US Open Champion Gary Woodland and last week’s winner Chez Reavie.
Reavie looks a big price at 25/1 to follow-up due to being less sexy compared to the likes of DJ and Rickie but he was magnificent last week at The Travelers and warrants maximum respect. Kevin Kisner nudged and nurdled his way to yet another top twenty finish, and looks similarly over-priced at 40/1 to add further silverware to this season’s WGC Matchplay Crown.
Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters
Rocket Mortgage Classic
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
Both events this week qualifying spots as the battle for Portrush heats up.
The new event in American, we don’t know what to expect but the field is a very strong one. But without form you have to think that Chez Reavie will compete but I really like how Viktor Hovland is playing – the recent amateur is in top form and I think he wins sometime soon.
In Spain, and I think that Sergio will win – I really do, although I think that Ross Fisher is due for a good day.