DETROIT – Nate Lashley, 36, went wire-to-wire to win the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic, the first PGA Tour event staged in the greater Detroit area. Lashley rode to a six-stroke victory over Doc Redmen to take the tournament and qualify for The Open in Northern Ireland later this month.
THIS WEEK: Rocket Mortgage Challenge, June 27-30
Detroit Golf Club, Detroit (Par 72, 7,334 yards)
Purse: $7.3 million (Winner: $1.31 million)
Defending champion: Inaugural event
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
NOTES: This is the first PGA Tour event to be held in Detroit and the first in Michigan since the Buick Open in 2009. … Two spots are available for The Open Championship for players who finish in the top eight who are not already qualified to play at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland next month. … World No. 2 Dustin Johnson is the top-ranked player in the field. … Reavie captured his second career PGA Tour victory a week after tying for third at the U.S. Open. He and Johnson will be paired with former Masters champion Patrick Reed during the first two rounds. … Gary Woodland will make his first start since winning the U.S. Open. … Rocket Mortgage ambassador Rickie Fowler has slipped to 14th in the world rankings after reaching No. 7 following a runner-up finish at the Honda Classic in March. He has only three top-15 finishes in nine events since. … Former Oklahoma State teammates Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff will make their second professional starts following debuts last week. Hovland tied for 54th at 1 under par; Wolff missed the secondary cut.
BEST BETS: Johnson (+550 by PointsBet) is the top-ranked player in the field. He has two worldwide victories in 2019 and eight top-10s in 14 starts. … Hideki Matsuyama (+1200) hasn’t won since 2017 but has shown steady results throughout the season. Against a modest field, he provides good odds. Matsuyama finished T21 at the U.S. Open, T16 at the PGA Championship and has four consecutive top-25 finishes. … Joaquin Niemann (+4000). These fields create opportunities for dark horses to make a splash. The young Chilean made waves after turning pro last season with four top-10s over an eight-event stretch. After mostly middling results since, Niemann posted a T5 last week and arrives in Detroit with some momentum.
NEXT WEEK: 3M Open, Blaine, Minn., July 4-7