Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit draws quality field by giving PGA players another shot before FedEx Cup playoffs

Patrick Cantlay plays from the third tee during the third round of the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland, on July 16. (AP file photo)


AP Sports Writer

DETROIT — The Rocket Mortgage Classic, nestled between the British Open and FedEx Cup playoffs, could have been a tournament to skip for all of the world’s best players.

Patrick Cantlay, though, and four more players in the top 20 are in Detroit week.

Twenty-eight of the top 100, doubling the total of last week’s 3M Open, tee off today at the Detroit Golf Club.

Playing to improve positioning in the FedEx Cup standings, possibly for a spot in the Presidents Cup for top players, or just meeting the season minimum for events also drove some to the Motor City.

“It’s the deepest field we’ve had,” Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic that made its debut in 2019.

Last year, Cam Davis holed a 50-foot sand shot on the 71st hole and went on to win a five-hole playoff against Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic for his first PGA Tour victory.