Jay Farner, Jason Langwell plan Rocket Mortgage Classic as TV-only event with no spectators

DETROIT - Jay Farner, CEO of Quicken Loans and Rocket Mortgage, and Rocket Mortgage Classic Executive Director Jason Langwell issued the following statement regarding the PGA Tour’s scheduling of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 2 – 5, 2020:

“We are incredibly proud to be announcing the scheduling of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Considering the heartbreaking impact of COVID on the City of Detroit and its residents, this was one of the most difficult decisions we, as a company, have made in a number of years. It was not a decision we took lightly. We consulted with leaders in our region, including Mayor Duggan, state officials, and key community partners such as Rev. Wendell Anthony. Based on their input, we ultimately decided to hold the event, and look forward to working with our community partners as we move forward.

“After thoughtful reflection and hours of conversations, we believe that the Rocket Mortgage Classic offers an important opportunity to address critical issues in our community. In fact, we will be working with our partners to identify a significant issue or issues that impacts the families and youth of Detroit and will put our full weight behind it. Once identified, this tournament will be a means to raise money and awareness for this cause – issues such as disparity in education, internet availability and improved access to healthcare are currently examples of what we will be talking to our partners about. They are long-term, generational issues that have been thrust to the forefront as the city and its residents have battled this pandemic. While we as an organization are focused on the impact on Detroit, these are issues facing many across the U.S.

“Our organization is rooted in a belief that we can impact the outcome. When we saw the community coming together with us to support this event and lift causes that matter, our team decided to find a way to make the Rocket Mortgage Classic happen, and I thank them for their commitment.

“In our country – and around the world – Detroit is a symbol of toughness and innovation, and the Rocket Mortgage Classic will shine a spotlight on our city which remains full of hope and vibrancy. Together, we will host a tournament that can be a vehicle for driving significant positive change.”

-- Jay Farner, CEO, Quicken Loans and Rocket Mortgage


“The decision to move forward has been an intense and emotional discussion among the key stakeholders who have provided input along the way. In cooperation with the PGA TOUR and our broadcast partners and Detroit Golf Club, we are turning this tournament on its head. As this is a TV-only event with no spectators, we are examining new fundraising capabilities that have yet to be seen on the TOUR. I, for one, am anticipating great things from the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the impact it will have on the city and its residents.”

-- Jason Langwell, Executive Director, Rocket Mortgage Classic

Information will be available in the coming days at www.RocketMortgageClassic.com for those who have purchased tickets and hospitality. Please note the tournament will remain in contact with state and local officials regarding COVID.





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