Unlike the first 3 events in the PGA Tour’s season restart, the Rocket Mortgage Classic fails to attract all of the world’s top 5
The world’s best players are beginning to throttle back from a fast restart to PGA Tour’s season.
Three of the top 10 players in the world committed to play in this week’s second annual Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. In the three previous weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking were entered. However, last week at the Travelers Championship, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson, who were ranked Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, withdrew because of their potential exposure to COVID-19. They since have tested negative for the virus.
Simpson will join Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed, Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, in headlining the field this week at Detroit Golf Club. Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday, extending to 13 the number of consecutive seasons in which he has won at least once on the PGA Tour. It was his 21st career victory.
Tee times are expected to be announced by midday Tuesday. Play runs Thursday through Sunday. No 11 Bryson DeChambeau, No. 16 Tyrrell Hatton, No. 17 Tony Finau, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson also were among the commitments.
The biggest name in golf, Tiger Woods, will be sitting out his fourth consecutive tournament since the season restarted. Woods, 44, who remains tied with Sam Snead atop the PGA Tour’s all-time victory list, with 82, hasn’t competed in an official event since he shot 77 in the final round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera and finished last among players who made the cut. He and Peyton Manning defeated Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity, an exhibition played May 24 at Woods’ home course, Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Last year, in the Tour’s first event in Michigan since 2009, the 5-under 36-hole cut represented the lowest score on Tour since 2016. Tournament organizers were expected to grow the rough this year to boost the difficulty at Detroit Golf Club’s North Course, a 1914 Donald Ross design that was stretched to 7,334 yards for the Tour’s debut last year and plays to par 72.
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