Detroit – Max Homa was not originally going to play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
In fact, he considered taking off from the 3M Open in Minnesota last week and the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina next week. But after seeing how he ranked in the FedExCup standings, he decided to race for some last-ditch points.
“(I play in these tournaments) to put in a little effort and hopefully sneak into that top 10 for Comcast to get a little boost heading into the playoffs,” Homa said Wednesday “To kind of chasing Scottie (Scheffler) and Cam (Smith).
“I felt like it would be really nice to get back to the course I know and love, to maybe get some momentum a week before Memphis (for the FedEx St. Jude Championship). I felt like I had three weeks off at home, it’s a billion degrees in Arizona, (I thought) it would be better to practice on a great golf course and prepare to try to peak at the right time of the season.”
Homa currently sits 11th in the FedExCup standings, four points behind Matt Fitzpatrick for 10th and eight points behind Will Zalatoris for ninth.
Zalatoris also participates in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Cantlay responds to rumors
Patrick Canlay said he didn’t mind outside noise, but when asked to discuss rumors that he might quit the PGA Tour, he quickly ended the discussion.
At least for the near future.
“I have no plans at this time to leave after FedExCup,” he said Wednesday.
With the LIV golf tour drama unfolding over the past few weeks, the PGA Tour has suspended more than 20 golfers who left to play in the controversial new league. Those suspended include Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson De Chambeau and Brooks Koepkaamong others.
LIV is hosting its own event this week in Bedminster, New Jersey, competing for attention with the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Cam Davis rehearse?
Winner his first PGA Tour event last year at the Rocket Mortgage Classic amended Cam Davis‘ career, and he hopes to become the first repeat winner of the classic.
“It’s just a dream until it happens,” Davis said, reminiscing about his win more than a year ago. “…I felt like it propelled me into a different stage of my career, and I feel like I’m trying my best to start with that and keep going. …(I’m) really looking for looking forward to trying to make it happen again.”
Davis won last year after a playoff with Troy Merrit. The pair were tied after settlement, but Davis pared on the fifth hole of the playoffs, on 15, to win it all.
“It was a super fun, exciting and exhilarating hour or two,” Davis said. “I was actually enjoying it rather than being nervous.”
Lingmerth inside, Armor outside
Ryan Armor, who competed in all three years of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, retired from the field on Wednesday. He will miss the tournament for the first time since its inception.
In his place will be first deputy David Lingmerth.
Armor finished tied for 46th in the Classic’s inaugural year, but shot 16 under par in 2020, tied for fourth. He followed that up by missing the cut the following year.
As for Lingmerth, this will be his first appearance at the Detroit PGA Tour event. The 35-year-old has two professional wins, with his only PGA win coming in 2015 at the Memorial Tournament in Muirfield Village, Ohio.