The first ever Rocket Mortgage Classic tees off this weekend at the Detroit Country Club. The historic club dates back to 1899 and the action will take place on the Donald Ross designed North course, built in 1916. The course has been lengthened to 7,334 yards, but otherwise retains most of Ross’s original design making this a test of classic golf. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for next month’s Open Championship, with 2 spots open for golfers finishing in the top-8 who don’t already have an invitation. This makes the tournament of special importance to up and coming golfers hoping to claw their way into the year’s last major championship.
Much of the focus heading into the tournament will be on Dustin Johnson, currently ranked 2nd in the world and the highest ranked golfer in the field. Other big names include Rickie Fowler and 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed. Long hitter Bubba Watson looks to add with his haul of 12 PGA Tour wins with his first title in just over a year. The tournament will also be the first for Gary Woodland since he won the U.S. Open. Time will tell if Woodland can keep his nerve with the increased scrutiny that comes with winning a major. Other golfers looking for a win include Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and world number 10 Xander Schauffele. Schauffele already has 2 wins this season and looks an early contender for the FedEx Cup. The tournament will also feature 2 talented amateurs in reigning NCAA champion Matthew Wolff and current U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland.
Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and CBS. Coverage starts Thursday and Friday, 3-6pm ET on the Golf Channel. Saturday and Sunday coverage starts on the Golf Channel from 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS 3-6pm ET. The tournament will also be covered by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and streaming at PGATour.com. PGA Tour Live will provide streaming coverage of featured groups and holes through the PGA Tour’s online streaming service.