The Rocket Mortgage Classic begins Thursday, and the fourth edition at Detroit Country Club is positioned on the schedule just two weeks ahead of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That has brought a some top-ranked players to the motor city for a final tune-up ahead of the big money playoff events.
The PGA Tour also announced Tuesday in a memo to the players that it will move to a “soft’’ top 125 points list in order to determine qualifiers for the FedEx Cup points playoffs.
So with more at stake, the PGA Tour tournaments starting this week at Detroit Country Club and next week at Sedgefield CC for the Wyndham Championship will be worth watching as the FedEx Cup Playoffs near.
Leading Favorites Odds to Win 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic
Cantlay makes his debut in the event, along with 2022 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year frontrunner Cameron Young. Interestingly, those two are the most bet golfers to win at Caesars Sportsbook and also popular players in additional prop bets and golf groupings to win.
- +1000: Patrick Cantlay
- +1200: Will Zalatoris
- +1400: Cameron Young
- +1600 Tony Finau
- +2000: Cameron Davis, Max Homa
- +2500: Keegan Bradley and Field (All others)
- +3500: Kevin Kisner, Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Denny McCarthy
- +4000: Maverick McNealy, Davis Riley, Sahith Theegala
- +5000: Luke List, Adam Hadwin, Russell Henley, Cameron Champ, Chris Kirk, Si Wook Kim, Cameron Tringale
Wednesday afternoon betting update from Caesars Sportsbook (subject to change)
Golfers leading in ticket count and bets to win:
- Zalatoris (13%)
- Young (11%)
- Cantlay (8%)
Golfers leading in most money (handle) bet to win:
- Cantlay (16%)
- Zalatoris (14%)
- Young (14%)
Notable bets to win include:
- Cantlay: $8,000 to win $80,000 (10/1)
- Young: $4,000 to win $62,000 (16/1)
- Adam Scott: $2,000 to win $70,000 (35/1)
Tournament match-ups up interest
- Cantlay (-115) vs Finau (-105)
- Zalatoris (-130) vs Young (+110)
- Homa (-145) vs Bradley (+125)
- Davis (-155) vs Kisner (+135)
- McCarthy (-115) vs Riley (-105)
Looking for a dark horse or longshot to win or payoff in top-10 or top-20 finishing position? Mark Hubbard (+6000) is a contender candidate, and the Action Network GolfBet staff makes cases for a number of players including Taylor Pendrith (+7000).
FedEx Cup Playoffs Bubble Watch and Points Changes
Over the weekend, you’ll hear the broadcasters on CBS talk about the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Players position will be posted and discussed, and even more next week at the Wyndham Championship – the final tournament before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top 125 player points earners gain a spot in the opening playoff event starting Aug. 11 for the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
That tournament, along with the BMW Championship with 70 players the following week, have a $15 million purse. The Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta concludes the 2021-22 PGA Tour season. The remaining 30 players with the highest points accumulated will compete for a massive payday of $18 million for the FedEx Cup Playoffs winner. Big money across the board at the Tour Championship with the 30th place finisher receiving $500,000.
However, a change and clarification to the FedEx Points list was sent by the PGA Tour in a memo to the players on Tuesday. It outlined that there would be an alternate points list that removed the suspended players due to LIV Golf participation. Golf Channel first reported the change and Sports Illustrated added more info from the memo.
“We have taken steps to ensure that at the conclusion of the FedEx Cup regular season and FedEx Cup playoffs, any suspended players will not negatively impact bonus money distributions to you,” the memo read. “You will be awarded bonus money based on your final position on the FedEx Cup playoffs and eligibility points list; suspended members will be awarded bonus money based on their final position on the official FedEx Cup points list.”
Additionally, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said the circuit moved to ensure “that suspended members do not negatively impact other players’ tournament eligibility, positioning on the priority rankings or eligibility to compete in the FedExCup playoffs.”
Currently, eight players within the top 125 have been removed from the eligibility list due to their LIV participation: Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Brooks Koepka, Carolos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Hudson Swafford and Matt Wolff.
The policy board has approved the creation of an “eligibility points list,” which removes suspended players from the FedExCup list.
So with big money on the line ahead of the playoffs, these players in the current FedEx Cup Standings are ones to watch as they try to play their way inside the top 125 for a shot at more money and future opportunities on Tour. Note that the players positions will change during the next two events, and a player like Webb Simpson, who is No. 125 on the FedExCup list, is now 117th on the eligibility list.
Those that don’t qualify for the playoffs but still finish between 126-150 in the FedEx Cup Standings receive $85,000.
The top-10 finishers in the Rocket Mortgage Classic earn between 75 points (10th) to 500 points (1st). The points distribution for even a 20th (45 points) or 30th (28 points) place finish can be enough to move players like Rickie Fowler into a playoff spot heading into next week.
- 120 – Patton Kizzire (348 points)
- 122 – Stewart Cink (345)
- 123 – Tyler Duncan (344)
- 124 – Lucas Glover (343)
- 125 – Webb Simpson (343)
- 126 – Callum Tarren (336)
- 127 – Jason Day (336)
- 128 – Kevin Tway (335)
- 129 – Nick Taylor (332)
- 130 – Chesson Hadley (329)
- 131 – Kramer Kickok (325)
- 132 – Rickie Fowler (324)
Guys further back like Nick Hardy (288 points), Cameron Champ (246 points) or President’s Cup assistant captain Zach Johnson (223 points) really need some strong finishes this week and/or next to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
These last two tournaments provide extra excitement and energy as players push towards the FedEx Cup Playoffs and position themselves for a higher finish and big money.
You can bet on it.