McIlroy and Fowler, the No. 3- and 4-ranked players in the world, would be teamed with two celebrities, with NFL stars, late-nigh talk-show hosts and singer Justin Timberlake and actor Mark Wahlberg among the possibilities, a source from the Detroit Golf Club told The Detroit News. Contracts have not formally been signed, but the 18-hole event would be televised by The Golf Channel and CBS.
The event would be sponsored by Quicken Loans, founded by Detroit native and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Detroit News. The Associated Press first reported the potential match Monday, with "Team Rory" being pitted against "Team Rickie."
The Golf Channel would likely broadcast the first half of the event, with CBS showing the 9-11 p.m. ET window that would have the golfers finishing the round under the lights.
The format has yet to be determined.
The Detroit area has not hosted a regular PGA Tour event since The Buick Open was last played in the region in 2009. The Detroit Golf Club has not hosted an event featuring Tour professionals since World War II more than 70 years ago.
Tiger Woods played Monday night exhibition matches in 1999 and 2000 against David Duval and Sergio Garcia. The format switched to team events that also included women and seniors and the Monday night matches continued through 2005, when Woods and John Daly played Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen in the last primetime event featuring Tour pros.
The U.S. Open will be held at Oakmont outside of Pittsburgh the following week.