Rocket Mortgage Classic Takes Center Stage This Week

DETROIT – As Detroit prepares to host its first-ever PGA Tour event and the state’s first since in a decade, golfers began their preparation at the Detroit Golf Club on Monday.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic officially teed off on Monday as golfers took to the course for the first practice round. It marks the first time since the 2009 Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc that Michigan has played host to a stop on the PGA Tour.

Rickie Fowler and Ollie Schniederjans were in attendance on Monday as was Petoskey native Joey Garber and Glen Arbor’s Lee Houtteman.

“It’s awesome to be back here in Detroit and have the partnership that I do with Rocket Mortgage,” said Fowler, a five-time PGA Tour winner. “We’ve had a lot of fun with it being down in the DC area, but I know it’s been a big goal of Dan Gilbert’s and Rocket Mortgage to get a tour event back to the Detroit area.”

After recording his first career Korn Ferry Tour (formerly Web.com Tour) a year ago and earning his PGA Tour card, Garber returns to his home state for Detroit’s first tour event.

“This is so, so awesome to be home and to have a PGA Tour event come back to Michigan the first year I’m out here.  Just very blessed,” he said. “This tour, they do such a good job. They take care of you. We’re spoiled every week. We’re in great places. We’re just very fortunate to be in the position we’re in. And there’s great guys out here.”

Practice rounds continue at the Detroit Golf Club on at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the Delta Dental Pro-Am scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday. First round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic tees of at 7 a.m. Thursday.