There are several storms in the forecast, but the scene is gearing up for yet another Rocket Mortgage Classic here at Detroit Golf Club.
Stay tuned as we blog for the entire week following the event, which is now in its third year since Michigan was away for a long time on the PGA tour.
We have a team of people on the ground in Detroit, including our Adam Shupak, Detroit Free Press columnist Carlos Monarres, and many others who will share their thoughts throughout the week.
UPDATE, 13:01: It sounds strange, but many of those who finished well last year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic – like Sepp Straka – have been in a state of panic lately as the tournament draws closer. Straka has missed eight cuts this season (although he played well in the Travelers Championship last week).
In an interesting dive, the top 11 finishers a year ago: Ryan Ford of the Detroit Free Press watches as some limp back to Detroit.
UPDATE, 10:18 am: An interesting group will be speaking to the media tonight, including returning champion Bryson DeShambeau and Patrick Reed.
Don’t forget that DeShambeau won the competition last year after an incident with a cameraman during Saturday’s tour. Our Amon Lynch poetically waved his hand on this topic in one of his most poignant works:
DeShambaut paid for the cameras at his home, but not for the cameras at the Detroit golf club. But he seems to believe that any lens serves the same function: to celebrate his brand of data processing and protein shaking to showcase his immense distance, but never his surprisingly shallow depth. In short, a sling product will help him. And you, dear viewer? Well, you’re just a sign. That’s what his comments on Saturday told you.
We’ll have more after the champion speaks.
Plus, for those of you who missed it, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo likened it to none other than reigning PGA champion Phil Mickelson during a pro. Here’s a look at entertainment.
This is nothing new for a coach. Izzo played with Tiger Woods in a 2005 Buick Pro-Am at Warwick Hills Golf Club in Grand Blanc., near the peak of tigromania and a few months after the Spartans made the fourth of eight Final Fours under Izzo’s direction. Two years ago, at the first Rocket Mortgage Classic Area 313 Challenge, Izzo teamed up with Bubba Watson and others against groups led by Ricky Fowler and Dustin Johnson.