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Canada's Adam Hadwin is 3M Open's 36-hole co-leader two years after he nearly won the event

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BLAINE, Minn. — The inaugural 3M Open featured an unforgettable finish two years ago that foreshadowed who scientific Bryson DeChambeau could become and introduced newcomers Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa in a big way.

Wolff's eagle on the par-5 18th trumped DeChambeau's eagle just in front of him. Wolff won by a stroke, DeChambeau and ...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: Big names needed to pull the weight at 3M Open

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BLAINE, Minn. — The British Open ended on July 15 and the FedEx Cup playoffs start with the Northern Trust on Aug. 19. There are two weekly PGA Tour events paying full purses during that 35-day gap.

The first is the current 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. The second is the Wyndham Championship that runs Aug. 12-15 in Greensboro, N.C.

The other ...Read more

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Rickie Fowler, Jhonattan Vegas, Troy Merritt tie for 3M Open first-round lead

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BLAINE, Minn. — Four days after he shot a bounce-back 65 in The Open Championship final round, fan favorite Rickie Fowler did that one shot better with Thursday's 7-under par 64 in the 3M Open's first round.

That tied him with former Minnesotan Troy Merritt and three-time PGA Tour winner Jhonattan Vegas, one shot ahead of Scott Stallings and ...Read more

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Collin Morikawa makes history with two-shot victory at British Open

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It’s Collin with two Ls.

And now two Ws.

Collin Morikawa made golf history Sunday by becoming the first player to win two different major championships on his first try.

Morikawa, a graduate of La Cañada High, shot a bogey-free, four-under-par 66 in the final round of the British Open at Royal St. George’s to secure a two-shot victory ...Read more

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Phil Mickelson plans to return to Rocket Mortgage in 2022 if schedule permits; he boosted ticket sales

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DETROIT — Phil Mickelson hasn't ruled out returning to Detroit in 2022, but he hasn't ruled it in, either.

Whatever the six-time major champion decides, it'll be based on his schedule, and not his extended beef with the media that took over the headlines during Rocket Mortgage Classic week earlier this month.

Jason Langwell, tournament ...Read more

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Willie Mack III can't wait for another chance on PGA Tour after Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — Willie Mack III knows he stands out on the golf course.

The Flint native has been mistaken for a caddie multiple times, but he doesn't let it get to him. Ten years into his professional career, Mack is trying to become the fifth Black full-time golfer on the PGA Tour this season, and recent sponsor's exemptions have aided him on ...Read more

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Holiday pay: Aussie Cam Davis works overtime to take RMC crown on fifth playoff hole

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DETROIT — Say this much: The 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic wasn't hurting for drama.

And some of it was even about the golf. Right to the very end, in fact.

Hard-charging Cam Davis of Australia made par on the signature hole of AREA 3-1-3 at Detroit Golf Club to put an end to the PGA Tour's second consecutive sudden-death playoff, and to earn...Read more

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The Rocket Mortgage Classic actually felt like a major. Here's why

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DETROIT — I’ve covered numerous Masters, U.S. Opens and PGA Championships. I’ve covered the Ryder Cup at home and abroad. For years, I covered the Buick Open as well as LPGA and senior tournaments here in Michigan.

And friends, I’m here to tell you something I believe with all my heart. In its third year of existence, the Rocket ...Read more

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'Maybe some good will come from it': Phil Mickelson has support of Detroit fans

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DETROIT — Lefty has left the 3-1-3. But he made his mark, both on and off the golf course.

Phil Mickelson's first time playing a professional golf tournament in the city limits of Detroit, and his first time playing in the Metro Detroit area since the PGA Championship in 2008, came to an end around midday Sunday. The golf was mediocre, as he ...Read more

Rocket Mortgage Classic notes: Phil Mickelson rage tweets and the tournament needs a big-name savior

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DETROIT — Please save us, Bubba Watson.

Come to our aid, Rickie Fowler.

Help us, Patrick Reed, you're our only hope.

Nothing against the guys at the top of the Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard, but, well, let me see if I can put this as delicately as I can: THIS TOURNAMENT NEEDS STAR POWER!

Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann are fine, ...Read more

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Ace on 11 helps Merritt tie for lead after third round at Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — The 11th hole at Detroit Golf Club, a 218-yard par 3, has played the second-most difficult at this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic, and it was statistically the third-toughest during Saturday's third round.

Troy Merritt apparently missed the memo.

Merritt, an Iowan with two PGA Tour wins to his credit, pulled a 5 iron, drew it ...Read more

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'Hopefully we can get him back': Rickie Fowler knows the value of Phil Mickelson to Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — It wasn't like 2020, when fans weren't at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

But Rickie Fowler, accustomed to huge galleries, still seemed a little bit lonely early Saturday morning, during the third round at Detroit Golf Club.

That's because Phil Mickelson was ahead of him, the first man out — and playing by himself, putting the ...Read more

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Bunched-up leaderboard has Rocket Mortgage Classic poised for weekend fireworks show

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DETROIT — Detroit Golf Club showed its teeth, and Joaquin Niemann and Tom Lewis — two men born more than 7,000 miles apart — showed theirs, in big, wide grins as co-leaders at the halfway point of a Rocket Mortgage Classic that may be damp, but has proven to be no wet rag.

Niemann and Lewis finished their second rounds Friday at 10 under,...Read more

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Willie Mack III, in Rocket Mortgage on sponsor exemption, makes cut for first time on PGA Tour

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DETROIT — Willie Mack III long has been used to cashing three- and four-figure paychecks. He's going to make at least five figures this week, making the cut for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Mack, a Flint native who has been grinding mostly on mini-tours since leaving college more than a decade ago, is 3 under through two rounds. He made ...Read more

Bryson DeChambeau fizzles in Rocket title defense, misses cut

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DETROIT — First, Bryson DeChambeau broke up with his caddie.

Then, he broke up with the Rocket Mortgage Classic championship trophy.

DeChambeau, who muscled his way to a three-shot victory in Detroit's PGA Tour tournament in 2020, won't be around for the weekend in 2021, after finishing 1 under to miss the cut. It's just the second cut ...Read more

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Lefty makes U-turn: Phil Mickelson now says he'll be back, with one condition

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DETROIT — Phil Mickelson strolled to the first tee Friday, serenaded by chants of, "We love Phil!"

Turns out, he loves them, too — and wants to see them again.

Mickelson, who's been in the headlines this week for reasons besides birdies and bogeys, said Friday that he felt so much love from the fans at Detroit Golf Club this week, that he ...Read more

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Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — The Big Three was down to two Friday afternoon.

Hideki Matsuyama, the reigning Masters champion, tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the Rocket Mortgage Classic just minutes before his second-round tee time at Detroit Golf Club.

His playing partners, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, carried on as a twosome...Read more

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Carlos Monarrez: Dear Phil Mickelson: Please come back to the Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — Please come back, Phil.

Yes, I’m asking. And I know I’m asking a lot. But I hope Phil Mickelson decides to be the bigger man, changes his mind and decides to return to the Rocket Mortgage Classic next year.

Mickelson was the story of the tournament during Thursday’s first round at Detroit Golf Club. And not because of his ...Read more

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Just out of college, Davis Thompson schools the field to take early lead at Rocket

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DETROIT — On a supremely soggy day at Detroit Golf Club, which has been pummeled by heavy rains nearly every day since last weekend, it was a wet-behind-the-ears pro who poured in putt after putt, birdie after birdie, to take the lead on Day 1 of the PGA Tour's third annual Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Davis Thompson, fresh off a decorated ...Read more

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Phil Mickelson says he won't return to Rocket Mortgage Classic in wake of report

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DETROIT — Phil Mickelson’s first appearance at the Rocket Mortgage Classic will be his last.

The reigning PGA Championship winner confirmed that on Thursday after his first round at the Detroit Golf Club. Mickelson cited what he called an “unnecessary attack” in a Detroit News story published on Tuesday.

The story showed Mickelson was ...Read more