Rocket Mortgage Classic Set For July 4 Weekend
Following a wildly successful debut in 2019 and a spectacular sophomore showing earlier this year, the third-annual Rocket Mortgage Classic will be held June 28 - July 4, 2021, as it returns to the historic Detroit Golf Club.
The event will focus on raising funds to support the "Changing the Course" initiative which was launched in 2020 in light of the profound impact of COVID-19 on Detroit and the clear need for greater and more equitable digital connectivity in America's least connected major city. The vision of this multi-year campaign is to ensure every Detroit resident has access to the internet, technology and digital literacy training they deserve within a 10-minute walk of their home.
During the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic, $1.4 million was raised to support Changing the Course through a special charity exhibition match hosted by two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, as well as the AREA 313 Challenge, where donations from title sponsor Rocket Mortgage were triggered by players who made an eagle, ace or birdie (3-1-3) on holes 14, 15 and 16. The event's total contribution to non-profit partners, including the net proceeds from the 2020 tournament, will be announced in the coming weeks and is expected to far surpass the amount generated in 2019.
After Nate Lashley cruised to a six-stroke victory and his first career PGA TOUR win at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic, Bryson DeChambeau muscled his way to 23-under-par to win the 2020 tournament. Ranked 10th in the world entering the event, DeChambeau earned his sixth career TOUR win at the age of 26, leading the field with an average driving distance of 350.6 yards.
The 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic was one of the PGA TOUR's "Return to Golf" events that was played without fans following a nearly three-month hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Rocket Mortgage Classic directs its net proceeds to Detroit-based non-profit community partners through the Rocket Giving Fund, which will provide financial contributions to organizations seeking to ensure 5G internet technology becomes available for all of the city's residents. The Rocket Giving Fund is also aiming to provide access to technology and digital literacy programming for Detroit residents.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic was the most awarded event on the PGA TOUR's 2018-19 schedule, being recognized for "Best Special Event" (the AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge) and "Best Tournament Sales" as well as being honored with the first "Fair Way Award" for its diversity and inclusion initiatives.
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