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PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic Looks To Improve In Year 2

The PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic seeks to be even "bigger and better" in its second installment May 28-31 after more than $1.2M was "generated for local nonprofits" by last summer's event, according to Matt Charboneau of the DETROIT NEWS. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner, whose company owns Rocket Mortgage, said it "would be incredible" to eclipse $2M in '20. Charboneau notes the tournament has been moved up on the PGA Tour schedule this season because of the Tokyo Games. Still, from corporate sponsors to the fan experience to the players in the field, tournament officials are "expecting to build off the momentum" started in '19. With its "clear theme" to grow and advance, various changes and upgrades will be "seen in the second year of the event, most of it focusing on the fan experience." Rocket Mortgage Classic Exec Dir Jason Langwell said the tournament is going to have "a lot more interactives in the fan zone area." He added, "We're going to have more public grandstands, more viewing decks that will be bigger and better. ... We have a lot of crowds out there, so we're thinking viewing decks." Charboneau notes there also will be a "new ticket package, highlighted by a $15 deal" that gives fans access to the course on Monday and Tuesday and included clinics, a Monday cookout and Tuesday practice rounds (DETROIT NEWS, 1/16).