Bryson DeChambeau offers the simplest solution

Bryson DeChambeau’s strategy is working. This makes sense analytically and has paid off in realistic terms.

For those who have had their heads buried in a bunker on the green for the past few years, this strategy is pretty straightforward: throw it high, let it fly, and don’t worry too much about keeping it in the shorts.

Game purists recoil in horror at such a notion, often arguing that the greatest counterattack to the idea is to limit golf ball flight in order to remove the advantage of long hitters like Bryson.

It’s a debate for another column. The point is, this strategy works – and works much better on some courses than others.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic was introduced to the PGA TOUR program two years ago. The first year, DeChambeau did not play. Last year he won.

Bryson made the trip to Detroit Golf Club, a prestigious Donald Ross course, as a tournament favorite against somewhat inferior course.

Before the opening round, questioned on the track, DeChambeau said: “We’ll see what this does for me. But then again, being able to hit a 195 yard 8 iron is a pretty good asset, I would say. So even though it limits my driving skills, my irons will be a lot shorter to get on the greens, whatever club I have, how far I have.

Length is always an advantage, although not necessarily an advantage with the biggest club in the bag.

Of course, Bryson may not have shown all of his cards in this pre-tournament interview.

A few days later, after a three-stroke victory, he said: “I heard it was bomber heaven. I knew it. This is one of the things that was great.

In the middle of that win, he waited for the green to clear on a 399-yard par-4, apologized to the late Ross for hauling bunkers that were never meant to be hauled, and generally crushed and smashed his way everywhere. .

So yes, although Bryson’s strategy has strong evidence of its effectiveness, it is undoubtedly more effective on some courses than on others.

This week’s host location is one of them.

Back at Detroit GC, the defending champion is starting to move in the right direction and has a major advantage in both strategy and field strength. This one offers a more star-studded entry list than last year, but don’t be surprised if it still leads to a similar result.

Let’s move on to the choices – and my apologies for the truncated analysis during a little summer vacation, but I didn’t want to miss a week.

Absolute winner

One player to win the tournament.

Bryson De Chambeau (+750)

As noted above, Bryson has some sharp edges this week. After the US Open – in which pre-tournament favorite Jon Rahm won, of course – I joked in a column that this is why we should always hammer the favorite. The truth is, I usually only list a favorite as my favorite maybe once or twice a year, but that sounds like another smart situation to chase a short number. Call this Occam’s Razor Game – sometimes the easiest solution is the best solution.

Other OADers

Potential selections for unique options.

Jason Day (+2800)

At times the full J-Day was on display last weekend, with back issues and hay fever and elite-level playing cues followed by signs of struggles. I’ll be honest and admit that I have no idea what to expect from Day next, but if you want to use a big name player in your OAD this week without using the bigger name players then it is certainly a viable option.

Kevin Kisner (+3300)

The round of 16 of the second and final round of the Travelers Championship suggests that Kisner’s game may be turning in the right direction. For a guy who has had success over Ross, including a third solo here last year, this should be a good choice.

Top five

A player to finish in the top five.

Joaquin niemann

The youngster didn’t play badly last week, but three scores of 68 or better were still good enough for an average result. He finished T-5 in his only start to Detroit two years ago and soon looks set for a solid title fight.

Top 10

One player to finish in the top 10.

Doctor Redman

A finalist in that event two years ago as a non-member, then co-FRL last year before finishing T-21, Redman is another personal favorites of mine who tends to excel as the months of summer are getting hotter and hotter.


One player to finish in the top 20.

Patrick rodgers

In the top 30 on the driving distance leader list this season, I expect this length to help this week. For a former high-profile phenomenon who finished second to Charles Howell III in the playoffs three years ago, it could take a big week against a smaller field to propel him back into public consciousness.


One player to finish in the top 30.

Sepp Straka

He narrowly missed out on a top 10 last week, despite a bookend 66, but Straka has been a guy I’ve had my eye on for a while now. He finished 8e-11e in two Rocket Mortgage starts to date. I don’t mind for FRL either.


One player to finish in the top 40.

Kevin chappell

I always advocate patience with Chappell, a former Presidents Cup player who has suffered injuries and is trying to make a major comeback – much like Daniel Berger – but I think he will start playing solid golf soon, as in potentially testifies to a top 40 last week, his second on the PGA TOUR in his last five starts.

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Jason kokrak

The last time we saw – and bet – Kokrak, he was busy burning us at Torrey Pines, shooting 73-78 to miss the cut at the US Open. I won’t hold that against the two-time winner, however, who has otherwise been formidable this year and should be able to birdie in clusters this week.

DFS ‘Dog

A cheaper option for DFS.

Brian stuard

There is nothing sexy about Brian Stuard. (Sorry Ms. Stuard, this is strictly meant from a betting / DFS point of view. Nothing personal.) Playing in his home country, however, he finished 30e-5e the past two years and just finished a solid week in Connecticut.

Leader of the first round

One player to post the lowest score on Thursday.

Cameron Tringale

A first round of 71 last week didn’t really help his brilliant performance throughout the season on Thursdays, but I still think Tringale is a good place for FRL – he offers a chance without being a favorite or a longshot. complete and there are plenty of reasons to take it here.

Man of confrontation

A player who should beat comparable players.

Kyle stanley

He doesn’t get as much attention as Corey Conners and Keegan Bradley (or Emiliano Grillo and Byeong-hun An), but Stanley is the prototypical solid ball forward who can display a solid result when he gets the putter even a little warm. . It was the same old story last week in Connecticut, but a half-dozen back-to-back cuts make him attractive in H2H clashes.

The big fade

A top player to avoid during this tournament.

Webb Simpson (+ 1800)

Simply because of the name recognition, Simpson might be a default game for some punters, but I’m staying away until we have reason to do otherwise. Remember: he retired from his hometown event in Quail Hollow with a neck injury. Since then he has been T-30 at the PGA Championship and MC at the US Open. There’s reason to believe he’s not 100 percent right now.

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