Rocket Mortgage Classic : The PGA TOUR heads back to Michigan this week, for the first time since the 2009 Buick Open which was hosted by Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Rounds 1-2 — Thursday and Friday
Round starts: 7 a.m.
Featured groups: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Live TV coverage: 3-6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 3-6 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com
Radio: Noon-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
This week it’s the Detroit Golf Club that plays host to a field of 156 golfers. After 36 holes the field will be trimmed to the Top 70 and Ties, as usual.
Let’s dive into the course and then highlight some golfers to watch for this week in The Great Lakes State.
Detroit Golf Club is the host course this week. It’s a Donald Ross design. There are two courses on property, the North and the South. For the PGA TOUR event they will be using 17 holes from the North while grabbing one from the South which helps to add a bit of length for the pros.
so maybe not all the biggest names in golf are here. Most of them, in fact, are not. Tiger Woods wanted to spend time with family, and needed time to let his 43-year-old back recover before next month’s British Open. Phil Mickelson chose to play just about everywhere but Detroit — Connecticut last week, Minneapolis next week. Brooks Koepka, same, though he only wins majors anyway, so why play here?
But there still is enough fire power to get the Detroit golf fans’ juices flowing, as evidence by impressive ticket sales for the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic, with Saturday and Sunday rounds sold out before tournament week.
Detroit Golf Club hosts the first PGA Tour event in the city’s history this weekend. The 120-year-old club went big on the décor for the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic: Even some of the members not recognizing the place, all to impress its new business partner.
Here’s what some of the top golfers in the world think of one of Michigan’s oldest golf clubs.
Instead, he talked with enthusiasm about two trails of rejuvenation – his golf game and with Dan Gilbert’s vision for Detroit.
As for the former, Fowler shrugged off a second-round 77 at the recent U.S. Open that took him out of contention and chose to focus on success earlier in the season – a fifth career win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open that was celebrated with family and friends who had never seen him raise a PGA TOUR trophy, and four other top 10s. “So far, it’s been a fun year,” he said.