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Five Michigan golfers in Shippen field, will play for coveted spot in the Rocket


Detroit — The tournament before the tournament is set.

Rocket Mortgage Classic officials have announced the field for the second annual John Shippen National Golf Invitational, which will award one exemption into Detroit’s PGA Tour stop.

The Shippen, founded in 2021 as an avenue to provide more opportunities to Black golfers and named after the nation’s first Black golf professional, will feature a field of 22 golfers, half of whom competed in the first playing last year. Several of the players have local ties.

Tim O'Neal looks back and smiles at some fans after his tee shot on the 10th in Round 1 during the 2021 John Shippen.

Among those in the 2022 John Shippen field are: Marcus Byrd, 24, a professional from Ann Arbor; Joe Hooks, 27, a professional from Detroit and a Wayne State alum; Willie Mack III, 32, a professional from Flint who has five PGA Tour starts, including last summer’s Rocket Mortgage Classic; Marcus Smith, 20, who plays at Eastern Michigan; and Troy Taylor II, 22, who plays at Michigan State.

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