Police are investigating a possible chemical spill. Two greens were vandalized at a PGA Tour event.

By Fly Pin High |
May 4, 2023

According to Darren Nichols a columnist of the Detroit Free Press, (one of Golfweek USA Today Network’s partners), a couple of greens were vandalized at Detroit Golf Club in the last two months.

The Donald Ross-designed North and South Courses combine to create 18 holes at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This event is scheduled for June 29 to July 2.

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according to Nichols column

The Detroit Golf Club was vandalized in mid-April, and two holes of the North Course were temporarily closed. This is where the Rocket Mortgage Classic next month will be held.

Detroit police is investigating an apparent chemical spill that took place between April 16-17 on the 11th and 12th Greens of the course. The police officials didn’t provide any additional details other than to say that they were aware of the incident and actively investigating it.

The Detroit Golf Club refused to comment when I called on Wednesday.

A social media post shows a large area of brown grass on the greens, with the damage arranged in a figure eight pattern.

According to Nichols reporting, Stephen “Sam” Moynihan (head golf superintendent) told members via email that “the active ingredient in Round-Up, “glyphosate” was found on both greens. Glyphosate is, in a nutshell, a weed-killer.

Moynihan stated in an email that he believes the greens suffered only “very severe tip damages” and not enough to kill their roots.

Both holes will remain closed for the rest of time.

The Detroit Free Press received the email from Moynihan. “The greens must remain closed in order to ensure the fastest recovery and to avoid any unnecessary stress on the plants,” Moynihan said. The length of time it will take for the greens to recover is weather dependent. The colder the temperature, the slower recovery. I will be working with the PGA Tour Agronomy Department in order to create an optimal recovery plan.

The high-profile Rocket Mortgage Classic scheduled for June 27 to 2 will not be affected by the vandalism.

The tournament starts at No. 8 of the North Course, then plays No. The tournament layout starts on No. The players then tackle what is normally No. The players then take on what is usually No. The players then tackle what is usually No. Play the second hole of the North Course and the five following holes in the order.

(Photo: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) Tony Finau and his caddie Mark Urbanek celebrate after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic 2022 in Detroit. (Photo: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Play in the order of No. 10 through 18. The back nine is the same as usual for the North, playing in order from No. The Rocket Mortgage Classic has been played on a composite course with a par 72 of 7,334 yards.

The North and South were both designed by the legendary architect Donald Ross, and opened in 2016.

Tony Finau won the championship by five strokes last summer at Detroit Golf Club.

Finau stated, “They say that a winner is a loser who just keeps trying. That’s me.” How many times have I lost? “But one thing I will not do is give in. I am only here today as a victor because I didn’t give up.

Finau, 32 years old, is the first player since Patrick Cantlay to have won consecutive tournaments at the BMW Championship in 2011 and the Tour Championship a year earlier. Cantlay was the one who posed the greatest threat to Finau’s victory. Cantlay birdied 5 of his first 8 holes in the final round. However, a bogey on No. 12 cost him. The 12th hole was costly. The FedEx Cup champion shot a Tour-best 6-under 66 to record his 10th top-10 of the season.


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