By Walker Polivka
The PGA Tour continues on this week as it visits Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Read on below to see our prediction for who will win the tournament, as well as our top 10, dark horse, and player to fade predictions.
Player to Fade: Ben Cook- Making his 5th career PGA Tour start this week, Cook is playing on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica this season, where he has had little success, with 7 missed cuts in 9 starts and a best finish of T-52 among the 2 events where he made the cut. Cook missed the cut in 3 of his 4 previous PGA Tour starts and his best career finish was a T-44 at the 2021 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Qualifying for the Rocket Mortgage Classic after winning the 2021 Michigan PGA Profesisonal Championship, Cook will struggle against a field loaded with some of the tour’s best and will easily miss the cut.
Dark Horse: Greyson Sigg- The pride of Augusta, GA, Sigg has quietly put together a solid season, with 1 top 10, 3 top 25’s, and 17 made cuts in 27 starts. Fresh off of a T-7 finish at the 3M Open, Sigg has gone on a nice run at the tail end of the regular season, as he has had 4 straight top 30 finishes on tour. Making his first start at Detroit Golf Club, Sigg’s game doesn’t really shine in one particular area, but he does what he needs to do and has been getting the job done, even more so over the past few weeks. With Sigg’s recent success, another top 30 finish certainly seems within his reach.
Top 10: Kevin Kisner- Kisner is having a solid season on tour, with 5 top 10 finishes, 6 top 25’s and 11 made cuts in 20 starts. One of the better ball strikers on tour, Kisner comes into the week ranked 20th in Driving Accuracy Percentage and 53rd in Greens In Regulation Percentage. Detroit Golf Club is the flattest course on the PGA Tour schedule and that plays right into Kisner’s hands, as he has finished in the top 10 here each of the last 2 years and has played quite well at Waialae Country Club, Sedgefield Country Club, and TPC River Highlands, all of which are relatively flat courses that play to the advantage of great ball strikers. This event just oozes Kevin Kisner vibes and we predict he will bring home a top 10 finish here for the third consecutive year.
Winner: Patrick Cantlay- The number 4 ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings, Cantlay is putting together an excellent season as the defending FedEx Cup champion, with 1 win, 9 top 10’s, 11 top 25’s, and just 2 missed cuts in 16 starts. Making his first start at Detroit Golf Club, Cantlay is another solid ball striker on tour, ranking 71st in Strokes Gained: Approach The Green and 31st in Greens In Regulation Percentage. Winner of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans while teamed up with Xander Schauffele, Cantlay has yet to win an individual stroke play event on tour since the Tour Championship last fall and is long overdue. We predict that Cantlay will give himself some more momentum heading into the FedEx Cup Playoffs by winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club!