And now, um…Rocket Mortgage Classic golf news

On Wednesday, the Rocket Mortgage Classic will kick things off at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, and the Free Press reports that several members of the Red Wings will play in the Pro-Am portion of the event:

Detroit Lions great Barry Sanders will highlight the list of celebrities who tee it up in Wednesday’s pro-am of the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.

Sanders will be joined by another Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jerome Bettis, the Detroit native and Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers who has been a member at the club.

Musician Kid Rock, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and three Red Wings — Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Jimmy Howard — also will tee it up.

TSN’s Bob Weeks reports that there will also be a Red Wings fan in attendance among the professional golfers playing in the main event:

Seven Canadians are in the field for this week’s inaugural run of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Mich. That includes Mike Weir who was given a sponsor’s exemption.

Weir’s hometown, Brights Grove, Ont., is just a short jaunt from the site of the event and he’s expecting a large contingent of supporters from the Sarnia area. It will mark his fourth PGA Tour start in the last six weeks.

Weir is excited to play close to his home and also in the city of his favourite NHL team, the Detroit Red Wings.

The other Canadians in the field are Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson, Ben Silverman and Nick Taylor.

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