Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson – three of the most popular players on the PGA Tour – have committed to play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic when it returns to the Detroit Golf Club May 25-31.
Tickets go on sale to the general public today and can be purchased exclusively at RocketMortgageClassic.com.
Fowler, currently No. 25 in the Official World Golf Rankings, is fresh off his third consecutive Presidents Cup appearance. The 2016 Olympian is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour and also has three international victories on his resume.
With nearly $91 million in career earnings, Mickelson brings his 44 PGA Tour wins, including his most recent at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and five major championships to his first appearance in the Rocket Mortgage Classic this spring.
Watson, a two-time Masters champion and four-time Ryder Cup team member, will return to Detroit Golf Club seeking his first victory since a standout 2017-18 season in which he won three tournaments. He has qualified for all 13 seasons of the FedExCup Playoffs and has 12 career PGA Tour titles to his name.
Rocket Mortgage Classic events begin May 25, and the tournament runs May 28-31 at the historic Detroit Golf Club.
“We are off to a great start as we prepare for our 2020 tournament,” says Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. “To have Rickie and Bubba return to Detroit for a second straight year, and be joined by a legend like Phil as part of our early player commitments, has us all excited for our second year.
“Our inaugural event was successful by many measures, and the word is starting to spread among the players that this is a tournament they must have on their schedules.”
The 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic raised more than $1.2 million for nonprofit organizations – including more than $1.1 million for those based in Detroit, the hometown of Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, the tournament’s title sponsor.
New this year, the Rocket Mortgage Classic will open its doors to ticketed fans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. For an advance purchase price of just $15, fans can purchase a grounds pass that allows them to watch two days of practice rounds and enjoy special events on both Monday and Tuesday, May 25 and 26. Monday will feature a Kids Clinic on the driving range, and Tuesday will bring the return of the popular Area 313 Celebrity Challenge. The challenge pairs PGA Tour pros, athletes from other sports and celebrities in a fun, three-hole golf competition for charity on holes 14, 15 and 16 at Detroit Golf Club, also known as Area 313.
In addition to the world’s top golfers coming to Detroit and an extra day of golf on Monday, fans will be greeted by larger and more public viewing decks and grandstands throughout the golf course, as well as expanded public WiFi. Other upgrades include a larger Tito’s Vodka Deck on hole no. 9 and a bigger LendingTree Lounge in a new location with views of four holes (11,12,13, and 14).
Grounds ticket prices during tournament play are $50 for Thursday, $55 for Friday and $60 each for Saturday and Sunday. Weekly grounds passes are available for $180, granting access to each day of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Fans interested in the convenience of attending the tournament on any day of their choice, without needing to decide in advance, can purchase “Good Any One Day” grounds tickets for $70.
“By all accounts, the first Rocket Mortgage Classic was a major success, but what excites me more is the focus the entire team has on making the 2020 event even better,” says Jay Farner, CEO of Quicken Loans. “We are honored to be able to help create a world-class sporting event highlighting Detroit, while also raising more than $1.2 million to help serve children and veterans in our community.”
The Rocket Mortgage Classic once again will offer free grounds admission for youth 15 and under with a ticketed adult (which allows up to four youth per ticketed adult). Complimentary grounds tickets also are available to all active duty and retired military members (limit two tickets per order), and veterans can receive grounds passes at a special price. Youth tickets do not need to be reserved in advance and can be picked up at the box office. Military tickets will be available for reservation starting in late January.