Nate Lashley Wins the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club

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Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, MI — June 30, 2019

Every once in a while the underdog has his day. That’s one of the great things about sports, on any given day, anything can happen. In this case, it was any given weekend.

Nate Lashley, who got into the Rocket Mortgage Classic as an alternate, put together three rounds of remarkable golf. Then with everything on the line, he played like a seasoned veteran to close out his first victory on the PGA Tour. Winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club.

Nate Lashley and the Victory Trophy from The Rocket Mortgage Classic / Photo Courtesy of the PGA Tour

Playing Smart

Lashley led the tournament after an Opening Round of 63, maintained the lead with a score of 65 in the 2nd Round. Then broke away from the field with another round of 63 on Saturday. Entering the final round Lashley led by six strokes.

With everyone on the course in front of him failing to make a big move, all he needed to do was play smart golf. Not put himself in bad situations and keep his emotions in check. A round of even par was likely to win the tournament.

Nate Lashley gives his caddy a hug after sinking the winning putt Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, MI – Photo: pgatour.com

Quick Start, Strong Finish

With birdies on the 1st and 3rd holes, Lashley set a positive tone for the day. Bogeys on the 7th and 9th holes returned him to even par on the day, but he kept his cool. After nine holes no one was threatening his lead. Bridies on the 13th and 17th padded the margin of victory back to the six-stroke lead he began the day with.

Doc Redman shot rounds of 68, 67, 67, and 67 to finish 2nd. Rory Sabbatini and Wes Roach tied for 3rd at -18. A group of six golfers that finished tied for 5th at 17 under par included Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Reed.

The Winner’s Share

In addition to cashing a check for a cool $1.314 million, Lashley gets a 2-year exemption on the PGA Tour. He will play in next year’s Masters. Best of all, he won’t need to hang around golf clubs hoping to get into tournaments at the last minute. The victory moved Lashley from 132nd in the FedExCup standings to a ranking of 40th.

Cool Stuff, the underdog comes up big. Fans in Detroit could not be happier with the results.

Position	Player	Score	Winnings	R1	R2	R3	R4	Total
1	Nate Lashley	-25	$1,314,000 	63	67	63	70	263
2	Doc Redman	-19	$788,400 	68	67	67	67	269
T3	Wes Roach	-18	$423,400 	67	68	67	68	270
T3	Rory Sabbatini	-18	$423,400 	65	69	68	68	270
T5	Joaquin Niemann	-17	$239,075 	68	66	69	68	271
T5	Ted Potter Jr	-17	$239,075 	68	67	68	68	271
T5	Patrick Reed	-17	$239,075 	68	68	65	70	271
T5	Brandt Snedeker	-17	$239,075 	70	69	65	67	271
T5	Brian Stuard	-17	$239,075 	66	72	65	68	271
T5	C. Tringale	-17	$239,075 	68	67	65	71	271
T11	J.T. Poston	-16	$175,200 	70	63	66	73	272
T11	Sepp Straka	-16	$175,200 	68	67	70	67	272
T13	Byeong Hun An	-15	$136,875 	68	66	69	70	273
T13	Viktor Hovland	-15	$136,875 	70	69	70	64	273
T13	H. Matsuyama	-15	$136,875 	68	67	68	70	273
T13	J.J. Spaun	-15	$136,875 	66	73	68	66	273
T17	Wyndham Clark	-14	$105,850 	68	70	68	68	274
T17	Brice Garnett	-14	$105,850 	69	67	71	67	274
T17	Talor Gooch	-14	$105,850 	65	72	67	70	274
T17	Billy Horschel	-14	$105,850 	69	70	71	64	274
T21	J.B. Holmes	-13	$68,529 	67	68	70	70	275
T21	M. Hughes	-13	$68,529 	66	70	72	67	275
T21	Sungjae Im	-13	$68,529 	69	68	66	72	275
T21	Danny Lee	-13	$68,529 	66	71	69	69	275
T21	Denny McCarthy	-13	$68,529 	69	68	69	69	275
T21	Roger Sloan	-13	$68,529 	70	68	69	68	275
T21	Kyle Stanley	-13	$68,529 	69	69	70	67	275
T21	Jimmy Walker	-13	$68,529 	68	71	70	66	275
T29	Jonas Blixt	-12	$46,416 	67	68	72	69	276
T29	Joey Garber	-12	$46,416 	67	72	68	69	276
T29	Jason Kokrak	-12	$46,416 	66	71	68	71	276
T29	Peter Malnati	-12	$46,416 	68	66	68	74	276
T29	Martin Piller	-12	$46,416 	66	69	71	70	276
T29	Cameron Smith	-12	$46,416 	70	68	71	67	276
T35	Bronson Burgoon	-11	$34,466 	66	70	72	69	277
T35	C. Howell III	-11	$34,466 	65	67	71	74	277
T35	Shawn Stefani	-11	$34,466 	69	70	68	70	277
T35	Kevin Streelman	-11	$34,466 	66	70	68	73	277
T35	Nick Taylor	-11	$34,466 	68	70	69	70	277
T35	Josh Teater	-11	$34,466 	68	69	73	67	277
T35	Aaron Wise	-11	$34,466 	69	69	67	72	277
T42	Sam Burns	-10	$26,280 	70	67	71	70	278
T42	Max Homa	-10	$26,280 	68	69	71	70	278
T42	Anirban Lahiri	-10	$26,280 	69	68	72	69	278
T42	Adam Schenk	-10	$26,280 	65	71	71	71	278
T46	Ryan Armour	-9	$18,980 	64	69	74	72	279
T46	Cameron Champ	-9	$18,980 	66	65	75	73	279
T46	Luke Donald	-9	$18,980 	67	69	72	71	279
T46	Rickie Fowler	-9	$18,980 	68	68	72	71	279
T46	Dylan Frittelli	-9	$18,980 	66	70	72	71	279
T46	Kevin Kisner	-9	$18,980 	66	70	72	71	279
T46	Vaughn Taylor	-9	$18,980 	70	69	69	71	279
T46	Nick Watney	-9	$18,980 	64	72	69	74	279
T46	Chase Wright	-9	$18,980 	65	70	73	71	279
T55	Harris English	-8	$16,571 	66	68	71	75	280
T55	Carlos Ortiz	-8	$16,571 	67	70	74	69	280
T55	Seth Reeves	-8	$16,571 	68	71	71	70	280
T55	Brendan Steele	-8	$16,571 	68	70	71	71	280
T59	D. Bozzelli	-7	$15,914 	69	69	75	68	281
T59	Roberto Castro	-7	$15,914 	70	69	72	70	281
T59	Bud Cauley	-7	$15,914 	69	69	72	71	281
T59	Colt Knost	-7	$15,914 	70	68	72	71	281
T59	Andrew Landry	-7	$15,914 	71	67	70	73	281
T64	A. Albertson	-6	$15,184 	69	67	76	70	282
T64	Chad Collins	-6	$15,184 	67	72	70	73	282
T64	Tom Hoge	-6	$15,184 	67	70	73	72	282
T64	Wes Homan	-6	$15,184 	71	68	71	72	282
T64	Scott Stallings	-6	$15,184 	66	72	70	74	282
69	Kyle Jones	-5	$14,746 	70	69	74	70	283
70	Stewart Cink	-4	$14,600 	65	73	72	74	284
71	Smylie Kaufman	 E	$14,454 	69	70	80	69	288