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Mark Hubbard Emerges as Long Shot Pick to Win 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Mark Hubbard Emerges as Long Shot Pick to Win 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic

The PGA Tour heads to Detroit this week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club. While the world's top players like Scottie Scheffler are absent, the field remains wide open for an outsider to break through and claim their first tour victory.


Our experts see 35-year-old Mark Hubbard as a potential long shot pick to capture his maiden win. Though winless on Tour to date, Hubbard has put together a model of consistency this season. He has made the cut in all 17 of his starts while accumulating four top-25 finishes and two top-10s, including a T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.


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Hubbard's steady play makes him a worthy wager at odds of 66-1 according to betting analysts. A $10 bet on Hubbard to win would return $660 if he is able to get the job done in Detroit. Due to his rock-solid form, additional smaller bets on Hubbard finishing in the top 10 or 20 are also seen as prudent insurance plays.


While Hubbard is the long shot selection, the favorites according to betting odds are led by 22-year-old Tom Kim. Fresh off a playoff loss to World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler last week at the Travelers Championship, Kim comes in at 12-1 odds. Cameron Young, who carded a 59 at TPC River Highlands, follows at 14-1 with Ashkay Bhatia and Min Woo Lee next at 22-1.


Tom Kim and Scottie Scheffler shake hands on the 18th hole of TPC River Highlands. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)


With no top-ranked players in the field and many opportunities for qualifiers and sponsor exemptions, the Rocket Mortgage Classic shapes up as one of the most open tournaments of the season. According to experts, keep an eye on the consistent Hubbard as a potential long shot to emerge from the pack and claim his first tour title this week in Detroit.


2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic betting odds


Tom Kim (+1200)

Cameron Young (+1400)

Ashkay Bhatia (+2200)

Min Woo Lee (+2200)

Aaron Rai (+2800)

Alex Noren (+2800)

Maverick McNealy (+2800)

Taylor Pendrith (+2800)

Keith Mitchell (+3300)

Stephan Jaeger (+3300)

Will Zalatoris (+3300)

Davis Thompson (+4000)

Rickie Fowler (+4000)

Robert Macintyre (+4000)

Adam Svensson (+5000)


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What are the strengths of Cameron Young that make him a top contender


Rob Carr


Cameron Young possesses an enormous drive, ranking second on tour in driving distance where he averages over 330 yards off the tee. He's able to generate incredible ball speeds up around 185 mph, something he partly attributes to growing up playing hockey. Sports like hockey helped build strength in his legs, arms, and hands which translates to serious power in his golf swing.


Beyond his tee game, Young has shown remarkable consistency this season. Through 17 events so far, he has made the cut in every single one. Maintaining consistency week-to-week is so important if you want to climb the world rankings.


Pretty impressive for a rookie, Young has already racked up two top three finishes in majors. At the PGA Championship he ended up third, and at The Open Championship he finished runner up after shooting a scorching 64 in the first round to take the lead.


What's really stood out though is his all-around game. In addition to the booming drives, his iron play, short game, and putting were all stellar last season. He ranked towards the top of the tour in total scoring and strokes gained, showing real strength in multiple facets of his game.


Though still young, Young has a old-soul type of mentality. Coming so close to winning has only lit a bigger fire inside him to get over the top. As he said, he knows how much it hurts to finish second, and that's motivation to improve on his result by one spot. He clearly has the talent - now it's about capturing that first career title.







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