It was a 24 hour whirlwind for Bryson DeChambeau, who rushed from a historic Ryder Cup win in Wisconsin on Sunday evening to make it to Detroit on Monday morning.
The game’s longest hitter was at the Detroit Golf Club to celebrate the long-term future of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit’s first PGA Tour stop extended to 2027.
This marks a nine-year commitment on the PGA Tour, with the tournament being held for the fourth time and the original four-year contract slated for July 28-31, 2022.
“What you’ve done for this community,” said DeChambeau, “is more than special,” adding that the Rocket Mortgage Classic is “one of the most important stops on the PGA Tour.”
DeChambeau, who led the Americans to a 19-11 stomp of the Europeans in the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits, concluded, “All I have to say is go to the US!”
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DeChambeau and Rocket Mortgage brand ambassadors Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson were present for the announcement, which coincided with the tournament’s annual fall classic. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan sat in town next to Jay Farner, CEO of Rocket Mortgage.
The extension was agreed last week, with Detroit Golf Club members voting over the weekend.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be the second-longest uninterrupted annual stop on the PGA Tour in Michigan history, after the old Buick Open, which lasted half a century near Flint.
“To say we’re grateful would be an understatement,” said Monahan. “We are proud to be your partner.
“Our players have taken note. Detroit is a special stop on the PGA Tour.”
The Rocket Mortgage Classic has long been the vision of Dan Gilbert, who has spent tens of millions sponsoring the PGA Tour and a tournament outside of Washington DC since 2014 in hopes of bringing a tournament to town. That became a reality in 2019.
The tournament has seen ups and downs due to the pandemic. It attracted huge galleries in its inaugural year, none due to COVID-19 in year 2, and even more large crowds last summer carried by Phil Mickelson’s performance.
The tournament has also raised more than $ 4 million for charities, the majority of which will be for the city of Detroit, including the main “Changing the Course” promotion that aims to end the digital divide of Detroit by 2025 next month the charity numbers will be announced.
“We are passionate about the work we do here,” Farner said, noting that Gilbert’s commitment to the PGA Tour and Detroit stop goes beyond $ 100 million (title sponsors are believed to pay more than $ 10 million a year) . “Dan Gilbert always taught us that you can’t count everything that matters.”
Other dignitaries who attended the DGC for Monday’s announcement included former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, who coordinates the RMC’s massive volunteer efforts; Jason Langwell, tournament director; and representatives from Detroit PAL, First Tee, Midnight Golf, and the Detroit Sports Commission. There were representatives hosting the first John Shippen tournament in 2021, which made exceptions for the Rocket Mortgage Classic and two LPGA Tour events, and created opportunities for black golfers. One of the first women’s winners, Flints Shasta Averyhardt, was also present at the announcement.
DeChambeau, whose wild journey continues later Monday when he travels to Nevada to compete in a long drive contest, won the 2020 RMC, a stepping stone to his US Open championship later that year. Nate Lashley won the opening event, and Australian Cam Davis won a three-man, five-hole playoff in 2021. The tournament has been attended by other big names like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and others over the years and given the event’s reputation for hospitality and a classic golf course, more stars are expected in the future, Fowler and Monahan said .
The real winner is now the city of Detroit, if you ask a dignitary present on Monday. The city’s revival was featured on television and national publications during tournament week, and residents have benefited from the charity efforts over the years.
And there is more to be done on this front, and all parties agree on this.
“Seeing what vision came to Detroit … it was a dream,” said Fowler, a longtime rocket pitchman who loves to serve as the unofficial host during tournament week.
“To see how it happens and where we are now is great.”
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