Rocket Mortgage Classic R1

Matt Wallace rebounds with strong opening in Detroit

July 02-05
Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan
$7,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Rocket Mortgage Classic R1 - Strong start for Wallace
Matt Wallace, who sits one shot off the pace after the first round in Detroit (Gerry Broome/AP)


England’s Matt Wallace was on song with a six-under 66 to sit one stroke off the pace after the first round of the Detroit Golf Club’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.


The 30-year-old Wallace, ranked 49th in the world, recorded eight birdies to two bogeys to complete a strong round that put him in a group of seven players sharing fourth place.

The leaderboard was topped by an all-American trio of Scott Stallings, Kevin Kisner and Doc Redman, a 22-year-old from North Carolina who went from even par after 10 holes to finish with a 65 thanks to seven birdies in his last eight holes.



England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Tom Lewis carded four-under 68s to share 25th spot, three strokes off the lead.

Wallace was incensed when forced to play his second round alone at last week’s Travelers Championship after playing partners Denny McCarthy and Bud Cauley withdrew due to the coronavirus. The Englishman shot a 72 and missed the cut.


On Thursday in Detroit he set out to make amends and began brilliantly with three birdies in his first five holes.

Wallace, who finished equal-third in last year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, sank 10-foot birdie putts on the first and fifth holes, but dropped a shot at the sixth after finding a fairway bunker.



He recovered immediately with a birdie four at the seventh before his highlight of the day – a superb 40-foot putt for a birdie two at the ninth.

Wallace drained another long putt, from 22 feet, to go to five under at the 11th, and after missing from 13 feet to bogey the 12th, regained two shots with birdie fours at the 14th and 17th.

Redman’s day started in unspectacular fashion, with a single birdie alongside eight pars on the front nine, and things became even more mundane when be bogeyed the par four 10th.

But Redman then unleashed one of the strongest finishes seen on the tour in recent history, with three straight birdies including a 15-foot putt on the 12th.

A par on the par-five 14th was quickly rectified with birdies in his last four holes, including a superb finish with a 15-foot putt on 18.

“I’ve come off two good finishes and a really good finish last year at this event, which has never really happened to me,” Redman was quoted on the PGA Tour website as saying.



“So, I’ve never had this kind of expectation externally or even internally.”

World No 10 Bryson DeChambeau was among the group sharing fourth with Wallace, his day capped by a 33-foot putt for an eagle three at the 14th.

Luke Donald was four shots off the lead after a 69, while fellow Englishman Danny Willett and Ben Taylor had rounds of 71 and 72.




Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Doc Redman
USA
-7
65
T1
Scott Stallings
USA
-7
65
T1
Kevin Kisner
USA
-7
65
T4
Peter Malnati
USA
-6
66
T4
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-6
66
T4
Chase Seiffert
USA
-6
66
T4
J. J. Spaun
USA
-6
66
T4
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
66
T4
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-6
66
T4
Chris Stroud
USA
-6
66
T11
Chris Kirk
USA
-5
67
T11
James Hahn
USA
-5
67
T11
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
67
T11
Lucas Glover
USA
-5
67
T11
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
67
T11
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-5
67
T11
Henrik Norlander
SWE
-5
67
T11
Seamus Power
IRL
-5
67
T11
Hudson Swafford
USA
-5
67
T11
Mark Hubbard
USA
-5
67
T11
George McNeill
USA
-5
67
T11
Johnson Wagner
USA
-5
67
T11
Brandon Hagy
USA
-5
67
T11
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-5
67
T25
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
-4
68
T25
Adam Schenk
USA
-4
68
T25
Bill Haas
USA
-4
68
T25
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-4
68
T25
Sam Burns
USA
-4
68
T25
Pat Perez
USA
-4
68
T25
Tyler Duncan
USA
-4
68
T25
Troy Merritt
USA
-4
68
T25
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-4
68
T25
Webb Simpson
USA
-4
68
T25
Cameron Tringale
USA
-4
68
T25
Brian Stuard
USA
-4
68
T25
Scott Brown
USA
-4
68
T25
Sam Ryder
USA
-4
68
T25
Seung-Yul Noh
KOR
-4
68
T25
Brendon Todd
USA
-4
68
T25
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-4
68
T25
Sepp Straka
AUT
-4
68
T25
Mark Anderson
USA
-4
68
T25
Michael Gellerman
USA
-4
68
T25
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
68
T46
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-3
69
T46
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
69
T46
Ryan Armour
USA
-3
69
T46
Austin Cook
USA
-3
69
T46
Tony Finau
USA
-3
69
T46
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
69
T46
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-3
69
T46
Kristoffer Ventura
NOR
-3
69
T46
Harry Higgs
USA
-3
69
T46
J. T. Poston
USA
-3
69
T46
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-3
69
T46
Wesley Bryan
USA
-3
69
T46
Kevin Chappell
USA
-3
69
T46
Matthew Wolff
USA
-3
69
T46
Luke Donald
ENG
-3
69
T46
Luke List
USA
-3
69
T46
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-3
69
T46
Shawn Stefani
USA
-3
69
T46
Michael Thompson
USA
-3
69
T46
Chris Baker
USA
-3
69
T46
Zack Sucher
USA
-3
69
T46
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
69
T68
Josh Teater
USA
-2
70
T68
Zac Blair
USA
-2
70
T68
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
70
T68
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-2
70
T68
Lanto Griffin
USA
-2
70
T68
Russell Knox
SCO
-2
70
T68
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
70
T68
Bo Van Pelt
USA
-2
70
T68
Joseph Bramlett
USA
-2
70
T68
James Nicholas
USA
-2
70
T68
Ryan Blaum
USA
-2
70
T68
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-2
70
T68
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
70
T68
Steve Stricker
USA
-2
70
T68
Vijay Singh
FIJ
-2
70
T68
Jason Day
AUS
-2
70
T68
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
70
T68
Arjun Atwal
IND
-2
70
T68
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T87
Cameron Davis
AUS
-1
71
T87
David Hearn
CAN
-1
71
T87
Scott Harrington
USA
-1
71
T87
Nate Lashley
USA
-1
71
T87
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
71
T87
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
71
T87
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-1
71
T87
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-1
71
T87
Brian Harman
USA
-1
71
T87
Hank Lebioda
USA
-1
71
T87
Will Gordon
USA
-1
71
T87
Chandler Phillips
USA
-1
71
T87
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
71
T87
Chesson Hadley
USA
-1
71
T87
Cameron Percy
AUS
-1
71
T87
Martin Trainer
USA
-1
71
T87
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-1
71
T87
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
71
T87
Bubba Watson
USA
-1
71
T87
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
71
T87
Doug Ghim
USA
-1
71
T87
Ryan Brehm
USA
-1
71
T87
Peter Kuest
USA
-1
71
T87
Vincent Whaley
USA
-1
71
T111
Greg Chalmers
AUS
Par
72
T111
Kevin Tway
USA
Par
72
T111
Kevin Na
USA
Par
72
T111
Beau Hossler
USA
Par
72
T111
Roger Sloan
CAN
Par
72
T111
Bo Hoag
USA
Par
72
T111
Robert Streb
USA
Par
72
T111
Michael Gligic
CAN
Par
72
T111
Ben Taylor
ENG
Par
72
T111
John Senden
AUS
Par
72
T111
Aaron Wise
USA
Par
72
T111
Alexander Noren
SWE
Par
72
T111
Matthew Every
USA
Par
72
T111
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
72
T111
Rob Oppenheim
USA
Par
72
T111
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
72
T111
Sebastian Cappelen
DNK
Par
72
T128
Ben Martin
USA
1
73
T128
Brian Gay
USA
1
73
T128
Robby Shelton
USA
1
73
T128
Michael Kim
KOR
1
73
T128
Brandt Snedeker
USA
1
73
T128
Tom Hoge
USA
1
73
T128
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
73
T128
Nelson Ledesma
ARG
1
73
T128
Ricky Barnes
USA
1
73
T128
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
1
73
T128
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
73
T128
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
73
T128
Roberto Castro
USA
1
73
T128
Matt Jones
AUS
1
73
T128
D. J. Trahan
USA
1
73
T128
Tyler McCumber
USA
1
73
T128
Sahith Theegala
USA
1
73
T145
Jimmy Walker
USA
2
74
T145
Andrew Putnam
USA
2
74
T145
Jason Dufner
USA
2
74
T145
Grayson Murray
USA
2
74
T145
Kyle Stanley
USA
2
74
T150
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
75
T150
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
75
T152
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
4
76
T152
Talor Gooch
USA
4
76
154
Wes Roach
USA
5
77
155
Donnie Trosper
USA
6
78
156
Scottie Scheffler
USA
7
79
RET
Wyndham Clark
USA
Par
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