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Round 4 Recap — Sunday
Cameron Davis wins Rocket Mortgage Classic after three-way playoff
After an epic eight-hole playoff last week, the PGA TOUR needed extra holes to decide a champion for the second straight week. This week, third round co-leaders Joaquin Niemann ($9,800; 118 DKFP) and Troy Merritt ($7,100; 130 DKFP) were joined by Cameron Davis ($7,200; 132 DKFP) in a three-way playoff. Niemann entered the playoff bogey-free for 72 holes on the week but bogeyed the first hole of the playoff while Davis and Merritt made par and continued on. They played five playoff holes before Merritt slipped up and bogeyed, which gave Davis his first career PGA TOUR win with a par. It was the 26-year-old Australian’s 71st start on the PGA TOUR and his third professional win, having won on the Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR of Australasia. — Zach Thompson
Bubba Watson bounces back, charges leaderboard but misses playoff
Watson ($9,200; 106 DKFP) and Alex Noren ($7,600; 103.5 DKFP) each fired eight-under rounds of 64 in the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic but weren’t quite able to make up enough ground to get into the playoff. Noren finished just one shot behind the three leaders after nine birdies on the day, and Watson rebounded from his meltdown at the Travelers Championship last week and sunk eight birdies in his bogey-free round on Sunday. Hank Lebioda ($7,200; 106.5 DKFP) tied with Noren for fourth while Brandon Hagy ($6,200; 100 DKFP) tied with Watson for sixth. Mark Anderson ($6,100; 104 DKFP), Sungjae Im ($9,300; 105.5 DKFP), Kevin Kisner ($8,500; 105.5 DKFP) and Seamus Power ($7,500; 96 DKFP) all ended up tied for eighth. — Zach Thompson
Round 3 Recap — Saturday
Troy Merritt catches Joaquin Niemann atop Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard
Merritt ($7,100; 113 DKFP) went five-under on Saturday, moving into a tie with Niemann ($9,800; 101 DKFP) at -14 overall ahead of Sunday’s finale. Niemenn was four-under on the day. Both leaders notched four birdies Saturday, but Merritt added a hole-in-one eagle and a bogey. The top of the leaderboard is still tight, with Cameron Davis ($7,200; 85 DKFP) and Hank Lebioda ($7,200; 86.5 DKFP) both at -13 and seven more golfers at -11 or -12. Niemann is still favored to win on DraftKings Sportsbook at +200, but Merritt is right behind him at +400. — Alex Rikleen
Hank Lebioda, Scott Stallings climb leaderboard on Saturday at Rocket Mortgage Classic
Lebioda ($7,200; 86.5 DKFP) and Stallings ($7,100; 66 DKFP) both went six-under on Saturday, besting the field for the day. The performances moved Lebioda into a tie for third place at -13 overall, one stroke back of the lead, while Stallings jumped to a tie for 15th at nine-under. Both golfers achieved that score by way of seven birdies and one bogey. Both are still looking for their first win of the 2021 season — Lebioda’s best finish was fifth just last weekend at the Travelers Championship, and Stallings’ best was third place at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. DraftKings Sportsbook has Lebioda at +900 to win and Stallings at +25000. — Alex Rikleen
Round 2 Recap — Friday
Joaquin Niemann and Tom Lewis lead after second round of Rocket Mortgage Classic
Niemann ($9,800) and Lewis ($7,200) both own a share of the lead heading into the weekend, but they started the week in very different camps. Niemann was one of the favorites, resulting in approximately 16.75% ownership in DraftKings tournaments. That was the seventh-highest mark in the field, and it trailed only Bryson DeChambeau ($11,400; 38%) and Jason Kokrak ($9,500; 24.8%) among high-priced golfers. Lewis was a much more contrarian option, checking in with an approximate ownership of just 1.36%. Both players are at 10-under-par for the tournament, which gives them a slim lead heading into the weekend. Joaquin Niemann is now the betting favorite at +400 on DraftKings Sportsbook, while Tom Lewis has the third-shortest odds at +1100. — Matt LaMarca
Bryson DeChambeau headlines missed cuts at Rocket Mortgage Classic
There will be a new champion at the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week. DeChambeau ($11,400) has failed to qualify for the weekend after winning the tournament last year, which is a major disappointment for fantasy owners. He was owned in approximately 38% of DFS lineups despite his massive price tag, which was the highest mark in the field by a significant margin. DeChambeau wasn’t the only popular golfer to go down. Emiliano Grillo ($8,200) and Doc Redman ($7,900) were also owned at a top-five rate in DraftKings tournaments, and both players failed to make the cut. Things could’ve been even worse for the chalk golfers, but Cameron Tringale ($8,100; 23.6%) birdied two of his final four holes on Friday to finish exactly on the cut line. — Matt LaMarca
Round 1 Recap — Thursday
Davis Thompson leads Rocket Mortgage Classic through first round
A month ago, Thompson ($6,800; 64.5 DKFP) was golfing in the NCAA D1 Championship. He turned pro three weeks ago. Now, he’s leading the Rocket Mortgage Classic after shooting a nine-under on Thursday. He played an unblemished round, posting four birdies on the front nine and five birdies on the back. DraftKings Sportsbook has Thompson at +1400 to win it all. In second place, Brandon Hagy ($6,200; 49.5 DKFP) and Tom Lewis ($7,200; 52.5 DKFP) are tied at seven-under. Hagy had a clean round with seven birdies while Lewis did the same. DraftKings Sportsbook has Hagy at +4000 to win it while Lewis is at +2500. — Stan Son
Bryson DeChambeau struggles in first round of Rocket Mortgage Classic
DeChambeau ($11,400; 13.5 DKFP) is the highest-rostered player in the $750K Flop Shot at 35.48%. The defending champ of this event was the prohibitive favorite entering week. Unfortunately, after shooting an even-par 72, he is now at +5000 on DraftKings Sportsbook to win the tournament. The front nine was brutal for DeChambeau, where he bogeyed the second and third holes. He racked up three birdies, but then bogeyed Hole 9. The back nine was clean, but the damage was done. There are two golfers rostered in over 20% of lineups: Jason Kokrak ($9,500; 27.5 DKFP) and Doc Redman ($7,900; 13.5 DKFP). Kokrak shot a three-under 69 and is +3500 to win it all while Redman shot an even-par 72. — Stan Son
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