Detroit – Fans returned in droves on the 4th of July weekend for the PGA Tour. Thousands of people roamed the field in northwest Detroit, often following fan favorites side by side with virtually no masks to be seen.
Ticket sales figures were not released, but officials said they expect sales to be similar to the opening year. The star-studded course, including returning champion Bryson DeShambeau and PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, helped sell goose tickets.
On Saturday, Troy Merritt took off his cap and bowed his head briefly to celebrate the roar of the crowd after the first ace of his PGA Tour career.
35-year-old Merritt was ecstatic, and fans too a year later no spectators were admitted to the Rocket Mortgage Classic 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s great that the fans are here again, shouting and shouting good shots,” he said. “I’m sorry about the bad shots and I even hear some comments that you probably don’t want to hear.”
Reigning champion Bryson DeShambeau missed a cut on Saturday and left Detroit without speaking to reporters, leaving unresolved questions about replacing the caddy ahead of the tournament that he did not answer in an Instagram post.
“I haven’t had my best results this week, but sometimes it’s golf,” DeShambeau wrote.