Rory McIlroy vs. Rickie Fowler Exhibition in Detroit Canceled

March 27, 2016

Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy won’t get their under-the-lights match in June after all.

Lynn Henning of The Detroit News reports that the exhibition match, scheduled for June 7 at Detroit Golf Club, has been canceled. He said the golf club’s executives informed its members on Friday that it won’t happen due to a hang up in negotiations between Quicken Loans, the event’s sponsor, and the participants.

“We were informed, (Friday), that due to circumstances beyond our control the proposed event featuring Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler that was to be played at the Detroit Golf Club will not be happening,” Detroit Golf Club President Owen Nagy said in a statement. “This is obviously disappointing news for all of us at Detroit Golf Club. I’d like to thank all of our members whom were involved and (club executive) Michael Strain for their efforts over the past months to do our part, as the venue, to try to make the event happen.

“Unfortunately, as the venue, we had no influence in the discussions or any decisions that were made relative to finalizing the agreements for the proposed event.”

McIlroy and Fowler would have been joined by two celebrity partners for the made-for-TV event, and it was rumored that Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg were slotted to round out the foursome.

“We ran out of time to get an agreement confirmed,” Sean O’Flaherty, McIlroy’s manager, told the AP.

“We hope to produce a Rory-Rickie game in the future,” O’Flaherty said. “We think this would be really good for golf.”