The 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic announced the commitment of nine players on Wednesday, headlined by Will Zalatoris and Tony Finau.
Justin Rose, Jason Day, Cameron Young, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and defending RMC champion Cam Davis have agreed to play so far. The tournament is scheduled for July 28-31 at the Detroit Golf Club.
Zalatoris is No. 12 in the most recent Official World Golf Ranking and finished second at the US Open and the PGA Championship. Last season in Detroit, he finished last among 77 players to make the cut, scoring par 288 for the tournament after going 2-for-74 and 4-for-76 over the weekend.
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Finau is ranked No. 17 and has represented the USA on his last two Ryder Cup teams.
“We are excited to announce that such a successful group of players will be joining us in Detroit this summer, and this is just the beginning of our commitments to players,” said Jason Langwell, CEO of Rocket Mortgage Classic.
“Having golfers of this caliber committed to playing in the Rocket Mortgage Classic speaks volumes about the momentum we are building and the desire of top players to be a part of our event. It’s also great to have your support for our Changing the Course initiative to bridge the digital divide in Detroit.”
Day will play his third consecutive Rocket Mortgage Classic after finishing 14th in 2021, while Rose will make his debut. Both are former World No. 1s with 12 and 10 PGA Tour wins, respectively.
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Young is in his first full PGA Tour season and has three top-five finishes entering his first RMC. Kuchar is a veteran with nine PGA Tour titles, but this is also his first start in Detroit.
Fowler, a five-time PGA Tour winner and Rocket Mortgage ambassador, has played at each of the previous three RMCs since their inception in 2019, with his best finish (12th) coming in 2020. Kisner has also played at every Rocket Mortgage. Mortgage Classic and tied for eighth last year and finished third in 2020.
Davis won the 2021 RMC by shooting 18-under 270 and defeating 54-hole co-leaders Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann in a five-hole playoff. He has played in every Rocket Mortgage Classic and has three top-10 finishes this season.
Notably, RMC 2022 will be without previous players such as Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and former Rocket Mortgage ambassador Bryson DeChambeau, who signed with Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
Before the outings, Langwell told WXYZ-TV that RMC officials had talked to Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay about playing in Detroit for the first time.
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Hideki Matsuyama, Joaquin Niemann, Sungjae Im, Max Homa, Harold Varner III, and Keegan Bradley are former RMC contestants who could still sign up.
The field will be completed on July 23.
Two factors that could help draw more of the top players onto the course: This year’s RMC is two weeks after the Open Championship, the final major of the season, at St. Andrews Links in Scotland, and it’s the penultimate event of the regular season. before the start of the PGA Tour FedExCup Playoffs, which will pay a record $18 million to the winner.
The three previous Rocket Mortgage Classic winners: Davis (2021; 18-under), DeChambeau (2020; 23-under) and Nate Lashley (2019; 25-under).
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