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Jason Langwell, the executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, says he is "not worried" about going up against the LIV Golf Invitational Series this week.
The Detroit-based PGA Tour event is in its fourth year but it's without 2020 champion Bryson DeChambeau this week, who was axed as a Rocket Mortgage ambassador following his move to LIV and instead tees it up in Bedminster this week.
As well as missing DeChambeau, this year's field might be without some star power as last year's event included Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and Matthew Wolff, as well as Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez, Charles Howell III and Peter Uihlein. All eight will be teeing up in the LIV Golf event this week, which will also be taking viewership from the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The tournament's executive director isn't focussing on that, however.
"We're not worried about it," Jason Langwell told the Detroit News (opens in new tab). "Our narrative is ours. No one else will have the narrative we have. We're excited about the story we're going to tell, and the players we have here to support it and tell it."
Rocket Mortgage parted ways "effective immediately" with DeChambeau following his move to LIV being announced in June.
"Our partnership with the PGA Tour extends to include several prominent golfers, including Bryson DeChambeau, as ambassadors of the Rocket Mortgage brand. As has been widely reported, Bryson elected to join the LIV Golf Series. Effective immediately, Rocket Mortgage has ended its sponsorship agreement with Bryson. We wish him well in his future success."
This week's tournament is headlined by the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris and Cameron Young.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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