Watson, others will play charity match to benefit Detroit residents
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Harold Varner III will take on former World. No. 1 Jason Day and Wesley Bryan in a nine-hole exhibition Wednesday for the Rocket Mortgage Classic's "Changing the Course" initiative, the PGA Tour announced Monday.
The new multi-year initiative aims to ensure every Detroit resident has access to the internet, technology, and digital literacy training.
"It's going to be a lot of fun to get out there Wednesday for a little hit and giggle with some friends to raise money for a great cause," Watson said. "When I heard about what Rocket Mortgage and the tournament were doing to provide internet access to Detroit residents, I knew I wanted to get behind it and do what I could to help out.
"I hope the fans enjoy getting a little inside look at the banter we always have during a practice round and get behind the effort too by donating what they can."
The tournament will make a $313,000 donation in any player's name who scores 3-1-3 (eagle, ace, birdie) at holes 14, 15, and 16. Additionally, Rocket Mortgage will donate $5,000 for every eagle made on the par-5 14th, $25,000 for every ace on the par-3 15th, and $5,000 for every birdie on the par-4 16th.
Round 1 of the Rocket Mortgage Classic is set to begin Thursday at Detroit Golf Club.