The PGA Tour of golf makes a stop in Detroit (USA) where, from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 July, the third edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played. In Michigan, Californian Bryson DeChambeau will defend the title, sixth in the world ranking, who in 2020 beat compatriot Matthew Wolff by 3 strokes, now looking for a rematch.
Bryson DeChambeau, Rocket Mortgage Classic
Few of the big names in the race (and no Italians on the field). Among the favorites, in addition to DeChambeau, there are Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama (winner of The Masters this year), Gary Woodland, Will Zalatoris, Jason Day and Garrick Higgo.
The situation was different for Phil Mickelson who, after his triumph at the PGA Championship (where he established himself as the oldest winner of a Major tournament), recorded only 5 five rounds with a score below par. Debut as an official member of the PGA Tour for Mito Pereira who obtained promotion from the Korn Ferry Tour after three victories – between February 2020 and June 2021 – obtained this year on the second American men’s circuit.
Joaquin Niemann will also be on the field and both will represent Chile at the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s individual golf competition. The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played at the Detroit Golf Club and will offer a total prize pool of $ 7,500,000.
Rory McIlroy talks after arrival in County Kilkenny yesterday. “The last time I was on the 18th green here was that prize-giving ceremony. Tiger Woods won and I somehow sneaked my way under the ropes on to the back of the green.
I was standing right behind him and his glove was still in his back pocket. I could have reached out and got it and ran, that would have been a good story to tell. Obviously I didn’t. It was the first time I’d seen him play live.
I still remember the first shot I saw him hit, the drive at the 5th, a par five. He hit 2-iron into the green. It was so cool. I’d idolised him growing up and to actually see the man in the flesh was pretty exciting”.
“I’d made a bit of a name for myself as an amateur by then and knew Chubby (Chandler) and Darren (Clarke) so I was in the clubhouse and got to chat to Ernie when he won. It’s amazing to think it’s been 17 year.
Certainly a lot’s changed for me since the last time I was here. I might as well play the Scottish as well. My original plan up until last week was us to come as a family, play here, take a week off, which is now the Scottish Open, and play the Open.
With me being a sports person the restrictions are not as heavy for me as they would be for Erica and Poppy. I felt it wasn’t fair to put them through what they’d have to go through to be here with me. The plans changed very quickly and we made the decision I travel on my own.
I wasn’t going to go back to the States for a week inbetween the Irish and the Open, so if I’m here I might as well play the Scottish as well. It went very quickly from them coming, to not coming and then me playing three events in a row!
If anything, it’s probably worked out for the best. It’ll be nice to get a tournament on a links course before going into Sandwich. I didn’t play for a week because I was spending time with the family before being away. So I can now get to work here and in Scotland”