PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic Golf Tournament

A general view of the 18th hole at the Detroit Golf Club North Course.
Detroit Golf Club, site of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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The Rocket Mortgage Classic is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour making its debut in 2019. It is the first PGA Tour event ever played within the Detroit, Mich., city limits, and the tour's first tournament in the Detroit area since 2009.

Fast Facts: Rocket Mortgage Classic

  • Short Description: A golf tournament on the PGA Tour schedule, played in Michigan, that debuted in 2019.
  • Key Players: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim, Billy Horschel
  • Start Date: May 28, 2020
  • End Date: May 31, 2020
  • Location: Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan

The Rocket Mortgage Classic is taking the spot on the PGA Tour schedule previously occupied by the Quicken Loans National. The National was played in the Washington, D.C., area.

Quicken Loans is based in Detroit, and company owner Dan Gilbert (also the owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers) had an agreement with the PGA Tour that his company would transfer sponsorship to a new tournament in Detroit when such an event could be created. And 2019 turned out to be that time.

Gilbert decided to give the new event's title sponsorship to one of Quicken Loans' other brands, Rocket Mortgage. The new tournament has a four-year contract with the PGA Tour.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic is a four-round, 72-hole, stroke-play tournament with a cut following the second round (36 holes), the standard for the PGA Tour. It is also part of the Open Qualifying Series, designed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. The top two finishers in the Rocket Mortgage Classic not already qualified to play in the British Open will receive entry into that major championship.

The tournament's charitable beneficiary is the Rocket Giving Fund, set up to benefit various organizations in the Detroit area.

How to Get Tickets

Tournament officials reported in early April 2019 that ticket sales for the inaugural event have exceeded expectations, and that good-any-one-day tickets have already sold old. But multiple ticket options remain, including daily ground passes for a specific day. Tournament-round tickets are $45 for Thursday (first round), $50 for Friday and $55 for Saturday or Sunday.

Weekly grounds tickets get fans onto the course for any or all days of tournament week (Tuesday through Sunday) and are priced at $175. Juniors 15 and under get in free with a ticketed adult, regardless of what that adult ticket is. Other options include higher-priced hospitality tents and group sales.

Visit the tickets section of the Rocket Mortgage Classic website for more info or to purchase, or email ticketing@rocketmortgageclassic.com with questions.

Golf Course: Detroit Golf Club

Detroit Golf Club is the site of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The club dates to 1899 when the first six holes were built. Today, the club has two golf courses, the North Course and South Course, both designed by one of the giants of golf course architecture, Donald Ross.

The North Course is the one used for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The North Course plays under 7,000 yards for members, but is expected to set up at around 7,300 yards for the PGA Tour event.

The club, which is located on the north side of Detroit adjacent to the University District, has had multiple major championship winners as head pros over the years. Those include Alec Ross (Donald's brother), Horton Smith and Walter Burkemo.

The biggest event played at the club in the past is the 1992 U.S. Mid-Amateur, a USGA championship. Detroit Golf Club is a private, members-only facility.

PGA Tour's History Around Detroit

While the Rocket Mortgage Classic is the first PGA Tour event to come inside the Detroit city limits, it's not the first one played in the area. Several events from the tour's past were played nearby.

The best-known is the Buick Open, a prominent PGA Tour stop from 1958 through 2009. It was played north of Detroit in Flint. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh were both three-times winners. Other Hall of Famers who won the Buick Open include Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Julius Boros and Billy Casper.

The Motor City Open was played sporadically from 1948 through 1962 in several Detroit suburbs. The longest playoff in PGA Tour history — 11 holes — happened in the 1949 tournament.

The Michigan Golf Classic was played once, in 1969, in the suburb of Walled Lake. And the Western Open, one of the oldest pro tournaments in the United States, took place several times pre-World War II and against in the late 1950s/early 1960s in the Detroit area.