Pros and Celebs Kick Off Area 313 at The Rocket Mortgage Classic

Pros and Celebs Kick Off Area 313 at The Rocket Mortgage Classic
Team Dustin, Team Bubba and Team Rickie Kick Off Area 313. From left: Justin Adbelkader , Dustin Johnson, Tom Izzo, Bubba Watson, Troy Mullins, Paige Spiranac, Dylan Larkin, Jimmy Howard, Blair O’Neal, Kid Rock, Jerome Bettis and Rickie Fowler.

Pros and Celebs Kick Off Area 313 at The Rocket Mortgage Classic

A center of entertainment at this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic is likely to be the three hole stretch dubbed “Area 313” after the iconic Detroit area code. Area 313 consists of the 555 yard par five fourteenth, the 160 yard par 3 fifteenth and the 446 yard par 4 sixteenth.

Pros and Celebs Kick Off Area 313 at The Rocket Mortgage Classic
A view of the grandstands around the green on the 555 yard par five fourteenth at Detroit Golf Club, host of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

During Rocket Mortgage Classic tournament play Thursday-Sunday, the first PGA TOUR player to score 3-1-3 on holes 14-16 cumulatively over the four days of tournament play will win $313,000. Half of the prize will be donated to several Detroit-based local non-profit partners, and half to a charitable group of the player’s choice.

With the grandstands in place, the par three fifteenth is like shooting down a canyon.

On Tuesday during the practice rounds, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson led teams of celebrities in a scramble in an attempt to rack up that 313 before the tournament even started. Michigan resident and famed broadcaster Mike Tirico emceed the ceremonial tee shots.

Kid Rock tees off for Team Rickie in the opening shots at Area 313.

“Team Rickie”:

  • Rickie Fowler – Five-time PGA TOUR winner, World No. 14 and Rocket Mortgage ambassador
  • Kid Rock -Musician and Detroit native
  • Justin Abdelkader – Veteran Red Wings left wing and alternate captain
  • Blair O’Neal – Professional golfer and model, Golf Channel host
NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis tees off for Team DJ.

“Team DJ” :

  • Dustin Johnson – World No. 2, 2016 U.S. Open champion and 20-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Jerome Bettis – Pro Football Hall of Famer, Detroit native
  • Dylan Larkin -Red Wings center and NHL All Star
  • Paige Spiranac –Social media personality and professional golfer
Troy Mullins, long drive champ tees off for Team Bubba.

        “Team Bubba”:

  • Bubba Watson – 2012 and 2014 Masters champ, 12-time PGA TOUR winner and World No. 22
  • Tom Izzo – Michigan State men’s basketball coach
  • Jimmy Howard – Veteran Red Wings goalie
  • Troy Mullins –Female World Long Drive competitor

The AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge is supported by the Children’s Foundation. The Children’s Foundation will have their mascot, CHAMP, walk inside the ropes during the event with two members of the Little Champions program, which honors children who have overcome major obstacles in their young lives.

The par four sixteenth is the final hole of the Area 313 stretch for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
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