The 2nd edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is set to begin this Thursday, July 2, as the PGA Tour heads up to the Detroit Golf Club. The classic Donald Ross course is the flattest course on the tour, relying on guile rather than elevation changes. Experts expect to see strategic golf at its finest, with club officials confirming the course will be even more difficult this time around. It is another event without fans, but spectators at home should enjoy another wide open event.
2019 Champion Nate Lashley
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The inaugural event saw an unlikely winner in Nate Lashley, who took home the title after leading the event wire-to-wire. The story was truly remarkable: Lashley was the final alternate to make it into the field after failing to earn a spot through Monday qualifying. And yet Lashley was nothing short of dominant at an event he wasn’t even supposed to play, eventually claiming the win by 6 strokes and becoming just the 3rd alternate in the past 10 years to win an event. The win was undoubtedly the pinnacle for the golfer, who tragically lost both his parents and then girlfriend in a plane crash near the end of his college career. After overcoming this tragedy, Lashley bounced around minitours for years and sold real estate on the side before finding finally finding success on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and Korn Ferry Tour. The win gave Lashley a hefty payday and granted him full PGA Tour status until 2021.
Last year, Lashley’s excellent iron works laid the foundation for his win and the short game will likely again determine who walks away the winner. Standing in Lashley’s way are a strong field including Bryson DeChambeau, who has looked good since the PGA Tour restarted by finishing T3 and T8. Patrick Reed is also set to compete, along with Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, and Sungjae Im. Last year’s runner up Doc Redman,a Monday qualifier in 2019, comes back to see if he can recapture his best golfing performance.
Bryson DeChambeau will tee off this weekend in Detroit. Getty Images
Television coverage is provided by both the Golf Channel and CBS, beginning on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, 3-6pm ET. Saturday and Sunday coverage begins on the Golf Channel from 1-3pm ET before switching to CBS from 3-6pm ET. PGA Tour Live will provide streaming coverage of featured holes and groups every round of the tournament. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiruisXM satellite radio and streaming online.