Kid Rock, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo will be among the celebrities joining PGA Tour pros Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson for the AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge on Tuesday, June 25, leading to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, June 26-29, at the Detroit Golf Club.
AREA 313 comprises holes 14-16, a par 5, a par 3, and a par 4. Competitors who record a 3 (eagle), 1 (ace), and a 3 (birdie) on this stretch of holes during Detroit’s inaugural PGA Tour event will win $313,000 to split between their charity and a local charity.
The AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on the Tuesday or tournament week. Three teams, captained by Fowler, Johnson, and Watson, will compete in a scramble format to see if either team can accomplish the 3-1-3.
Fowler’s Team Rickie will include Kid Rock, Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader, and “Golf Channel” host Blair O’Neal.
Johnson, the world’s No. 2-ranked golfer, will be joined by Detroit native and pro football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, and social media and golf pro Paige Spiranac.
Watson’s team includes Izzo, Howard and female world long drive champion Troy Mullins.
Named for Detroit’s area code, this three-hole stretch will be the epicenter of activity both inside and outside the ropes at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, offering premier sightlines with general admission stadium seating options and upgraded hospitality venues.
Although it appears that Tiger Woods will not be coming to the Motor City, the field for the Rocket Mortgage Classic is shaping up to be a strong one with the announcement Monday that 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed will be competing.
The addition of Reed means there are now seven major championship winners in the field: Gary Woodland (2019 U.S. Open), Reed (2018 Masters), Johnson (2016 U.S. Open), Watson (2012 Masters, 2014 Masters), Jimmy Walker (2016 PGA Championship), and Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship).
Also participating are three of the top 10 finishers at last weekend’s U.S. Open, and four of the top 12 (Woodland, Chez Reavie, Chesson Hadley, and Viktor Howland).