PGA TOUR returns to Detroit for the third Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
The tournament was one of the first to return TOUR to golf in 2020, with Bryson DeShambeau winning with three throws over Matthew Wolff. DeChambaut returns to defend his title next to a field full of TOUR stars.
FIELD NOTES: Reigning PGA Championship Winner Phil Mickelson Makes Tournament Debut; this will be his first start in Michigan since 2002 … FedExCup top ten players include reigning champion DeShambaugh and Jason Kokrak, both two-time winners this season … Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama will play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic for the third consecutive year Since 13 Major champions will be playing, including Jason Day, who led 36 holes in the Voyagers’ Championship … Exceptions for sponsors include college stars Austin Eckroat and Davis Thompson, and Willie Mack III, a native of Flint, Michigan.
FEDEXCUP: The winner will receive 500 FedExCup points.
COURSE: Detroit Golf Club (North), par 72, 7370 yards. Detroit GC North Field, designed by Donald Ross, was discovered over a century ago. The club has recently undergone a modernization as it prepares for the arrival of TOUR in 2019. According to ShotLink, this is the smoothest route on the TOUR, and although the front nine is forested, the rear nine is open to birds in groups – DeChambeau closed three in a row a year ago.
PLOTS: Matthew Wolff will return to Detroit to improve his runner-up result from last year. Wolf took two months out of golf to focus on his mental health but returned to finish in 15th place at the US Open … Professional World Golf Champ Jeff Roth, 63, will play after Michigan PGA voted to have his exemption from winning the 2019 Michigan PGA Professional Championship until 2021. The exemption was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 protocols. Roth is a member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, winning over 70 pro tournaments … Fans will return in 2021 after the event passed without them in the midst of a pandemic … Nate Lashley, who lost his parents and college girlfriend to a plane crash. won after being the last player to play in 2019 … DeShambeau emerged from his COVID-19 hiatus last year 40 pounds heavier and significantly longer … Ricky Fowler hopes to break a long win-win drought and Will Zalatoris aims for his first victory, which will give him full PGA TOUR status.
RECORDING ON 72 HOLES: 263, Nate Lashley (2019)
RECORDING ON 18 HOLES: 63, Nate Lashley (2019, first round), J.T. Poston (2019, second round)
LAST TIME: DeChambaut, who has played better than anyone since the COVID break, won by three, 7 to 65. Matthew Wolff scored holes 12, 13 and 15, narrowing the lead to one, but Deschambeau finished birdie, birdie, birdie … leave no doubt. This marked his sixth TOUR win and his seventh consecutive top 10. Kevin Kisner finished third in the solo, while Ryan Armor, Adam Hadwin, Tyrrell Hutton and Danny Willet rounded out the top five.
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