The Associated Press first broke news of the potential match, which was slated for Detroit Golf Club on June 7, shortly before the U.S. Open in nearby Pittsburgh. The match was to be shown live on both Golf Channel and CBS, and was to include a "celebrity component."
Later reports indicated that that component would include stars Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg joining McIlroy and Fowler as part of a team match.
But according to a Detroit News report, Detroit Golf Club executives sent a note Friday to members indicating that the match was off after negotiations with the players and a potential sponsor, Detroit-based Quicken Loans, fell through.
"We were informed yesterday 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," wrote club president Owen Nagy in a statement. "This is obviously disappointing news for all of us at Detroit Golf Club. ... 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."
The cancellation means that Michigan remains without a PGA Tour event, exhibition or otherwise, since the Buick Open ceased operations following the 2009 tournament.