Baker shoots -6 at Rocket Mortgage Classic

For the second-straight PGA Tour event, Brownstown native Chris Baker made the cut after some impressive rounds this past weekend.

Prior to this weekend, Baker last competed in the U.S. Open and finished tied-for-26th. This past weekend at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Baker once again competed all four days of the classic.

Chris Baker hits from the bunker on the 17th green during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club, Saturday, July 3, 2021. Kirthmon F. Dozier/USA Today Sports
Chris Baker hits from the bunker on the 17th green during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club, Saturday, July 3, 2021. Kirthmon F. Dozier/USA Today Sports

He started out well last Thursday, shooting two-under for the day. Baker shot birdies on holes two, three, fifteen and seventeen.

He followed that up on Friday with another -2 for the day, putting him at -4 for the entire classic, which was good enough to make the cut and continue playing. On Friday, Baker had birdies on holes seven, fourteen and seventeen.

Saturday was Baker’s best round of the weekend. He did not shoot one bogey all day, and he birdied on holes one, ten, eleven and sixteen. Baker shot a -4 on Saturday to move him to -8 for the entire classic.

Baker was well in contention for the top ten heading into the fourth and final round on Sunday. Unfortunately for the former Brownstown Brave and Iowa State Cyclone, Baker shot his worst round of the weekend.

Despite making five birdies on Sunday, Baker had seven bogeys, which finished him at +2 for the day and -6 for the tournament.

Baker’s -6 had him finish tied-for-58th with Jonas Blixt, Kramer Hickok, Matthew Wolff, Josh Teater, Vincent Whaley, Matthew NeSmith, Davis Thompson and Si Woo Kim.

Just from going from -8 to -6 on Sunday dropped Baker 33 spots in the standings.

Cam Davis won the Rocket Mortgage Classic with a -18 after defeating Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann in a playoff.

After the classic concluded, Baker posted to Facebook, “Truly enjoy @detroitgolfclub and @rocketclassic! Thanks for putting on a great event! Not how I wanted my week to end today, but lots of positives moving ahead! Next stop @johndeereclassic.”

The John Deere Classic will be taking place July 8-11 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Tee times for Baker and the rest of the field will be announced later this week.