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Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview

by Josh Culp
Updated On: June 24, 2019, 1:50 pm ET

Golfers to Watch

Rickie Fowler
A man of the people. He's also a man of the sponsors. This week's it is his affiliation with Quicken Loans that draws him to the event. What does PMI even mean!? Rick? Regardless of the venue, this event has been pretty good for him since QL became the title sponsor in 2014 (a pair of podium finishes in four tries). That is much better than his appearances at another one of his sponsor's events, the Farmers Insurance Open, where he's finished outside the top 60 in six straight appearances. More recently, Fowler was T2 after the opening round of the  U.S. Open but ballooned to a T43 finish by week's end. It was a 6-over 77 in round two that sealed his fate. 

Dustin Johnson
The best golfer in the field (and world?) but he arrives off a T35 at the U.S. Open where he lost 6.1 strokes putting. He also lost nearly 2 strokes putting in Canada the week before. A quick fix or the start of some putting woes? He hasn't lost strokes putting in three straight events since the 2017 Playoffs. 

Hideki Matsuyama
If Firestone caught my eye as a correlated course then Matsuyama should get a slight boost. He's a past champ there thanks to a remarkable 9-under 61 to end his week in 2017. More importantly, he hasn't lost strokes on approach since the 2018 PGA Championship. 

Ryan Moore
Has a win on his Donald Ross resume (2009 Wyndham) and also won at TPC Deere Run (another event played on similar grasses in the early summertime). Going the right way with finishes of MC, T33, and T15 over his last three starts. 

Chez Reavie
Stormed to his second career PGA TOUR win last week at the Travelers. A lot of golfers would withdraw from the next event in this situation. Keep an eye on that over the next few days.

Joaquin Niemann
Don't look now but he's pieced together four straight finishes of T31 or better including a T5 at last week's Travelers. Before this stretch he went 13 straight starts without a finish inside the top 35. The young Chilean is trending back upward and gaining a lot of confidence with the putter along the way.  

Brian Stuard
A native of Jackson, Michigan and an Oakland University alum. Ranks 159th in strokes gained off-the-tee but 58th in approach and 31st in around-the-green. He'll be hoping for firm and fast conditions that let him keep up with the big hitters. 

Joey Garber
He's had this one circled on the calendar for a while as a native of Petoskey, Michigan. Ranks 183rd in the FedExCup race with just one top 25 in 16 starts. 

Ranking the Field 

1. Dustin Johnson
2. Rickie Fowler
3. Hideki Matsuyama
4. Gary Woodland
5. Patrick Reed
6. Billy Horschel
7. Chez Reavie
8. Bubba Watson
9. Brandt Snedeker
10. Sungjae Im
11. Aaron Wise
12. Bud Cauley
13. Byeong Hun An
14. Kevin Streelman
15. Sung Kang
16. Charles Howell III
17. Jason Kokrak
18. Ryan Moore
19. Kyle Stanley
20. Kevin Kisner
21. Luke List
22. Rory Sabbatini
23. Joaquin Niemann
24. Charley Hoffman
25. Vaughn Taylor

Check back on Tuesday afternoon for our DFS Dish and Wednesday morning for the Expert Picks.

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.