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Rocket Mortgage Classic reportedly could move to Fourth of July weekend

2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic
Posted at 10:02 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 22:02:11-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit's PGA Tour event, the Rocket Mortgage Classic, could reportedly move to the Fourth of July weekend in a new PGA Tour schedule.

Golf Digest reported Tuesday night that PGA Tour officials are expected to announced this week plans to resume the season in June amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It would reportedly start on June 11 at the Charles Schwab Classic.

According to the report, there would also be no fans at the first tournament, and the tour would follow health and safety guidelines from the government and health officials, but other early tournaments are likely to be played without fans.

Last week, officials from other major golf organizations announced a new schedule that included new dates for three of the four majors, with The Open Championship being canceled for 2020. That leaves an open date on the calendar, as does the postponement of the Olympics.

According to Golf Digest, the Rocket Mortgage Classic would move to July 2-5 at the historic Detroit Golf Club. It was originally scheduled for May 28-31 after Memorial Day.

While only in its second year, the tournament drew praise after its inaugural event in 2019.

Many major players including Phil Mickelson, Bryson Dechambeau, Rickie Fowler and more have committed to the tournament. It's not clear whether or not fans would be allowed at the event if it moves to July.

Sources tell Golf Digest that once play resumes, all tournaments would feature fields ranging from 144 to 156 players in an effort to make up for the lost time.

In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded a stay-at-home order until at least May 1 amid the outbreak.