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Rocket Mortgage Classic field finalized: One more major champ in, one out

Tony Paul, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — The Rocket is almost ready for liftoff.

The 156-player field for the PGA Tour's fourth annual Rocket Mortgage Classic was finalized Friday night, with the exception of five additional qualifiers to be settled Sunday and Monday.

Among the notable withdrawals from the tournament was Justin Rose, ranked No. 50 in the world, though that wasn't a big surprise to Rocket officials. Rose withdrew from the British Open two weeks ago with a balky back. More of a surprise was the pullout of world No. 38 Seamus Power and No. 97 Anirban Lahiri. Also decommitting from the Rocket were Lanto Griffin, Brandt Snedeker, Chez Reavie and Adam Long.

Notable additions to the field Friday included 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, world No. 58 Russell Henley, world No. 60 Chris Kirk and Sean O'Hair.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic also extended sponsor's exemptions to Morgan Hoffmann and Brandon Matthews. Hoffmann is trying for a comeback on the PGA Tour after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy; his final start on a medical exemption was last month. Matthews is a Korn Ferry Tour player who already has clinched his PGA Tour card for next season.

The tournament starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, July 31, at Detroit Golf Club.

 

"I love the field we've got," Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, told The News in an interview this week. "I'd take this field every day, every year.

"It's definitely the deepest we've had."

The Rocket Mortgage Classic's headliner this year is Patrick Cantlay, the No. 4-ranked player in the world and the reigning FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour player of the year.

The most intriguing players in the field, arguably, are No. 13 Will Zalatoris and No. 19 Cameron Young, two guys who have yet to win on the PGA Tour — but between them have five top-10 finishes in majors this season alone. Young was second at the British Open and tied for third at the PGA Championship, and Zalatoris was second at the PGA, tied for second at the U.S. Open and tied for sixth at the Masters.

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