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The 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club kicked off with a dramatic weather shift mirroring the intensity on the course. Rickie Fowler 2023 champion. Nate Lashley the 2019 champion known for his explosive starts set the tone with a stunning hole in one on just his second hole the par3 No. 11.

This electrifying moment echoed Lashley’s historic journey from third alternate to wire-to-wire champion igniting anticipation for another thrilling tournament.

The 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic saw Akshay Bhatia take the lead with a stellar 8 under 64 in the first round. Michael Kim and Taylor Montgomery follow closely at 7 under setting up an exciting competition.

Notable contenders include 2023 champ Rickie Fowler and Will Zalatoris at 6 under. It’s shaping up to be a thrilling tournament at Detroit Golf Club.

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Four Key Takeaways Precision on Approach and Putting Green

The PGA Tour field faced challenges on Donald Ross’s classic course due to small greens and tough pin placements causing difficulties with putting. Tom Kim 22 shot a 1 over 73 mainly due to struggles with early putting.

Despite impressive approach shots Rickie Fowler faced difficulties sinking putts resulting in four bogeys—two each on the front and back nine.

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler

Cameron Young playing with Kim had a good start with a 5 under 67 but later dropped to ninth place. He did well by placing his ball in good spots on the green and making his putts.

Rickie Fowler showed he’s a strong contender. Many fans hope he’ll win again at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He played smart and made some good putts shooting a solid 6 under 66 without any bogeys. He finished strong with three birdies in his last five holes.

Coming off last week I started seeing my putts go in and putting well he said. I was excited for this week returning to a place where I’ve played well and had success. Similarly Bhatia took the lead with a strong finish on the back nine scoring a birdie an eagle and another birdie on holes 16 to 18.

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Miles Russell’s Inexperience Shines Through

Yes 15 year old Miles Russell the ninth youngest player to make his PGA Tour debut showed his age on Thursday.

Russell faced challenges throughout the day starting with trips to the left bunker on the first three holes of the back nine. Despite these tough spots he managed to recover for two pars after bogeying his first hole.

However he struggled towards the end of the front nine double bogeying No. 6 with a two putt and then bogeying No. 9 in similar fashion.

Exciting Competition: The Race to Make the Cut

The weather is expected to worsen before improving with rain forecasted all day Saturday. This makes Friday’s second round crucial for players aiming to advance before the course becomes more challenging.

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Cameron Youn who has yet to win on the Tour had a strong start with a birdie and an eagle in his first four holes ending tied for second place. Aaron Rai shot a 6 under 66 to lead in the morning but slipped to fourth as afternoon conditions favored other players.

2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic Update

Aaron Rai and Akshay Bhatia are gearing up for a enormously predicted final spherical clash at the 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic. Both players showed sturdy shape inside the 0.33 spherical putting the stage for an exciting Sunday conflict.

Additionally an amateur golfer has emerged as a contender adding to the tournament’s intrigue.

For those following the action the Sunday tee times and PGA Tour pairings provide a guide to when and where to watch. Unfortunately Will Zalatoris has had to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury altering the dynamics of the competition.

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This combination of competitive storylines promises a thrilling conclusion to the Rocket Mortgage Classic with fans eagerly awaiting the final round to see who will emerge victorious.

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