DETROIT – Joaquin Niemann and Tom Lewis topped the all-time leaderboard ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic weekend.
Niemann and Lewis on Friday shot 3 or less 69, and on Friday they scored 10 or less 134, and were still fearless at the Detroit golf club over the weekend. Troy Merritt (68), Chris Kirk (68) and Max Homa (65) hit back.
Round one leader Davis Thompson was one of eight players two strikes back. Thompson, 22, recent Georgia Graduate 1st Year Runner Up at PGA TOUR University, scored 1 in 73, the day after the Detroit Golf Club’s record was 63.
Willie Mac III, a Michigan native who grew up in nearby Flint, made his first contribution to PGA TOUR. Mac became 2019 APGA Player of the Year and the Florida Pro Golf Tour, and in 2011 became the first black player to win a Michigan Amateur.
After a strong start in the 1st round, on the 18th hole, it got to the point where the game ended 1-over 73 on the 18th hole and ended the weekend.
The wind increased significantly during the second round, with gusts of up to 25 mph that knocked heads off their feet and made the relatively short and easy route more challenging.
Reigning champion Bryson DeShambeau complained about the unpredictable wind and erratic play throughout the round.
He missed the cut with 1-under 143, after opening 72 with 71.
DeChambaut turned down interview requests for the second day in a row. His silence left endless questions about why he parted ways with Caddy Tim Tucker on the eve of the tournament.
Almost two weeks ago, the 2020 US Open champion went from being the leader in the same nine-hole tournament to 26th place with a collapse. DeShambeau tied for 19th in the Travelers Championship last week but was unable to make it to Detroit.
PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson shot 72 after opening with 69, making a cut 3-under 141.
Patrick Read also ended up on the cut line 3 less after rounds 69 and 72.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama filmed Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.