WM Phoenix Open - The Greatest Golf Show on Grass

Author: Megha


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The WM Phoenix Open, arguably the greatest show on grass, is returning to TPC Scottsdale with its shortened name. The tournament will go on from 10th to 13th February. It is returning to the huge crowds that it is used to in normal times. In the previous year, only several fans were given admission because of the coronavirus restrictions. But this year, it is going at full speed ahead. This means that the arena that encircles the fifteenth hole will once again get the chance to experience more than sixteen thousand fans in attendance. The WM Phoenix Open also has a new date this year, one week later than the previous year. The WM Phoenix Open runs parallel with the National Football League to finish on Super Bowl Sunday. The WM Phoenix Open is a professional golf tournament part of the PGA Tour. It usually takes place in late January or early February at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

The WM Phoenix Open was called the Arizona Open. But it was known for most of its running time by its present name until Friedman Billings Ramsey came on as the title sponsor two decades ago. After that, it was called the FBR Open for the next several years. Consequently, Waste Management Inc started to sponsor the event, and it has been that way for the past twelve years. The WM Phoenix Open has a very relaxed atmosphere. It can even be called raucous by the usual standards of professional golf. This has given it the moniker of the greatest show on grass. For these reasons, it is one of the most famous tournaments on the PGA Tour calendar. The WM Phoenix Open started nearly a century ago but was discontinued after a couple of years. The rebirth of the tournament came four years later when Bob Goldwater Sr. convinced the members of a local civic organization in Phoenix to assist in operating the event. 

 

The tournament was played at the Phoenix Country Club in the city. This was also true of the earlier versions of the tournament. Nearly sixty years ago, the Arizona Country Club alternated as the host of the event and the Phoenix Country Club. This arrangement continued until the latter took the former's turn twenty years later and became the event's permanent home. Finally, the WM Phoenix Open moved to its present home at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. The venue is northeast of downtown Phoenix. The WM Phoenix Open has traditionally been played on the weekend of the Super Bowl. The coverage of the tourney aired right after the coverage of the Super Bowl. One year, the tournament even overlapped with that year's edition of the Super Bowl. This denied the fans an opportunity to watch the beginning of the match, which featured the local team.

 

Because of the weekend status of the Super Bowl, the television contracts of the PGA Tour include an alternating tourney. Dr. Michael Golding is the tournament chairman of the most highly attended events on the entire PGA Tour schedule. He said, "It's going to be bigger and better than ever. I do think that our event is so powerful and so popular that we can withstand going up against the Super Bowl."

 

WM Phoenix Open Schedule

  

Date

Event

Monday

8:30 a.m. — Carlisle Pro-Am

Tuesday

10 a.m. — R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Activities, TPC Scottsdale Champions Course practice range;


11 a.m. — San Tan Ford Special Olympics Putting Challenge;


2 p.m. — PGA Tour Wives Golf Classic;


4:30 p.m. — Tesori Family Foundation All-Star Kids Clinic

Wednesday

8:30 a.m. — Annexus Pro-Am;


3:30 p.m. — Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory, 16th hole

Thursday

7:30 a.m. — Phoenix Open 1st round (Golf Channel, 1–5 p.m.)

Friday

7:30 a.m. — Phoenix Open 2nd round (Golf Channel, 1–5 p.m.)

Saturday

9 a.m. — Phoenix Open 3rd round

(Golf Channel, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.;

CBS, 1– 4 p.m.)


It is the annual Green Out. Fans are encouraged to wear some green to support the eco-sensitive initiatives of the tournament.

Sunday

9 a.m. — Phoenix Open 4th round (Golf Channel,


11 a.m.–1 p.m.; CBS, 1– 4 p.m.)

 

WM Phoenix Open Field

 

The Tour has a default system for calculating the event fields. This is based on the ranking of the current season while also factoring in the qualifying segments and the added exemptions. The sizes of the fields can differ by tournament, as can the exemptions that are allowed per tournament. All the fully exempt members are given confirmed entry into the full-field tournaments. Several conditional categories are subject, so some reshuffles that area based on the accumulated points throughout the season. The categories with reshuffle rotation show that a reshuffle period has happened.

 

 

Winner - PGA/U.S. Open Championship (five-year exemption)
Brooks Koepka
Jon Rahm
Justin Thomas
Jimmy Walker
Gary Woodland

Winner of World Golf Championships event (three-year exemption)
Abraham Ancer
Billy Horschel
Kevin Kisner
Xander Schauffele
Bubba Watson

Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship before 1996
Si Woo Kim
Webb Simpson

Winner of Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament, and Genesis Invitational (three-year exemption)
Patrick Cantlay
Max Homa
Adam Scott

Winner of The Open (five-year exemption)
Francesco Molinari
Jordan Spieth

Winner of Masters Tournament (five-year exemption)
Hideki Matsuyama

Career Money Exemption
Luke Donald
Bill Haas
Rory Sabbatini
Nick Watney

# Major medical extension
Danny Lee
Kevin Chappell
Ryan Moore
William McGirt
Wesley Bryan
Seung-Yul Noh
Kelly Kraft

* Sponsor's exemption (Korn Ferry Tour Finals)
Sahith Theegala

Sponsor's exemption (members not otherwise exempt)
Jason Dufner

Korn Ferry Tour Points winners (The 25 and The Finals 25)
Stephan Jaeger
Joseph Bramlett

Sponsors Exemptions (Unrestricted)
Austin Eckroat
Patrick Rodgers
Preston Summerhays

PGA Section Champion\Player of the Year
Craig Hocknull

 

PGA TOUR tournament winner (two-year exemption)
Daniel Berger
Sam Burns
Stewart Cink
Corey Conners
Joel Dahmen
Cam Davis
Tyler Duncan
Harris English
Tony Finau
Rickie Fowler
Dylan Frittelli
Brian Gay
Lucas Glover
Talor Gooch
Branden Grace
Lanto Griffin
Lucas Herbert
Garrick Higgo
Viktor Hovland
Charles Howell III
Matt Jones
Sung Kang
Patton Kizzire
Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird
Andrew Landry
Nate Lashley
K.H. Lee
Luke List
Adam Long
Graeme McDowell
Keith Mitchell
Sebastián Muñoz
Carlos Ortiz
C.T. Pan
J.T. Poston
Seamus Power
Chez Reavie
Robert Streb
Hudson Swafford
Nick Taylor
Michael Thompson
Brendon Todd
Martin Trainer
Kevin Tway

Top 125 on prior season's FedExCup
Louis Oosthuizen
Scottie Scheffler
Charley Hoffman
Alex Noren
Keegan Bradley
Brian Harman
Harold Varner III
Aaron Wise
Tom Hoge
Russell Henley
Maverick McNealy
Emiliano Grillo
Chris Kirk
Kevin Streelman
Harry Higgs
Matt Fitzpatrick
Troy Merritt
Pat Perez
Andrew Putnam
Doug Ghim
Brandon Hagy
Peter Malnati
Wyndham Clark
Adam Schenk
Kramer Hickok
Brian Stuard
Henrik Norlander
Roger Sloan
Brandt Snedeker
Hank Lebioda
Tyler McCumber
Denny McCarthy
Adam Hadwin
Brendan Steele
Sepp Straka
James Hahn
Zach Johnson
Russell Knox
Matt Wallace
Sam Ryder
Matthew NeSmith
Scott Piercy
Kyle Stanley
Anirban Lahiri
Brice Garnett
Scott Stallings
Chesson Hadley

 

Conclusion

 

The PGA Tour has given a lot of effort over the past many years to maintain the prize money distributed in the tournament since the association of the present sponsors started with the tournament. The efforts have made the WM Phoenix Open a shining example of sponsorships among the various instances of dwindling sponsorships for the other golf events. The WM Phoenix Open usually does not sell out because of the high capacity of parking available nearby and the course's unique layout. Thus, people can freely go and attend the event. And many do choose to go down that route, making it unparalleled on the entire Tour for its party-like environment. The tournament is also popular because the venue is in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, which has a warm desert climate that is quite sunny even during the winters. Thus, both tourists and locals travel in large numbers to this event each year.

 

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