Rocket Mortgage Classic 'optimistic' Tiger Woods will play; Xander Schauffele commits

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit -- Still no Tiger Woods. Let's start there.

But organizers of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit's first PGA Tour event, remain pleased with the developing field of golfers set to participate in the tournament June 27-30 at Detroit Golf Club.

Tiger Woods

On Tuesday, Jason Langwell, executive director of the tournament, announced the addition of three more big names, including four-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele, the No. 9-ranked golfer in the world.

Schauffele, who finished runner-up at the Masters this year, will be joined by five-time PGA Tour winner Hideki Matsuyama and Harold Varner III, who played in the final pairing of the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Rickie Fowler, a Rocket Mortgage pitchman, as well as major winners Dustin Johnson — the No. 2-ranked player in the world — and Bubba Watson previously committed to the tournament.

Langwell is leaving later Tuesday to head to the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus' tournament in Dublin, Ohio, where many of the top players participate. Langwell will continue his recruiting efforts there, and perhaps even with Woods.

"There's always a chance. We're optimistic," Langwell said of landing Woods. "We'd like to think we're well-positioned."

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Woods, 43, the Masters champ, isn't likely to make a final decision until the Friday before the tournament.

He didn't play between the Masters and PGA, so it's possibly he won't play between the U.S. Open and British Open — with the Rocket Mortgage Classic falling within that window.

Woods is cutting down his schedule this year, because of the numerous surgeries he's had to get back into playing shape.

Woods, of course, would generate massive ticket sales, though the Rocket Mortgage Classic is pleased with things on that front so far.

"He's taking it week by week," Langwell said. "We'd love to have him."

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