PRESIDENTS CUP CAPTAIN STEVE STRICKER AMONG FINAL COMMITMENTS
FIELD IS NEARLY SET FOR 2017 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN PRESENTED BY THE AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
Steve Stricker, captain of the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team, is among the final players to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, set to tee it up Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at TPC Scottsdale. Additionally, former ASU All-American Matt Jones and three-time NCAA All-American Ollie Schniederjans were granted sponsor exemptions by the tournament host Thunderbirds.
The field for next week’s tournament is nearly set as one sponsor exemption and three qualifying spots are still up for grabs. PGA TOUR members had until 5 p.m. today (January 27) to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.7 million purse, the $1,206,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.
Stricker is a 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR and has been part of five winning Presidents Cup teams (1996, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as three Ryder Cup appearances (2008, 2010 and 2012). He was named 2017 Presidents Cup captain in October of 2016.
The field now includes 23 players in the Top-50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, led by Jordan Spieth (5), Hideki Matsuyama (6), Justin Thomas (8), Patrick Reed (9), Bubba Watson (11), Rickie Fowler(14), Russell Knox (18), Brooks Koepka (19), Matt Kuchar (20), Phil Mickelson (22), Emiliano Grillo (25), Louis Oosthuizen (27), J.B.Holmes (29), Ryan Moore (30), Daniel Berger (33), Kevin Chappell (35), Scott Piercy (36), Zach Johnson (38), Gary Woodland (41), William McGirt (45), Byeong Hun An (46), Kevin Na (49), and Shane Lowry (50).
A total of 11 players who have combined to win 21 Major championships are in the field including Mickels on (5), Padraig Harrington (3), Retief Goosen (2), Zach Johnson (2), Watson (2), Spieth (2), Keegan Bradley (1), Lucas Glover (1), Geoff Ogilvy (1), Webb Simpson (1) and Louis Oosthuizen (1). The field also includes seven former WM Phoenix Open champions including Holmes (2006, 2008), defending champ Matsuyama (2016), Koepka (2015), Mickelson (1996, 2005 and 2013), Mark Wilson (2011), Hunter Mahan (2010) and Aaron Baddeley (2007).
Non-committed players participating in the Farmers Insurance Open have a half-hour from the end of second round play to commit. In addition, any previously uncommitted players placing in the Top-10 at the Farmers Insurance Open also can commit to play Sunday evening.
The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, also known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” and “The People’s Open,” will be held Jan. 30–Feb. 5, 2017, at TPC Scottsdale. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. Last year’s tournament broke three attendance records, including a PGA TOUR record 618,365 fans for the week.
The 2017 edition will mark the 82nd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the eighth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. Last year The Thunderbirds raised a record $9.3 million for charity and have eclipsed $111 million in charitable giving since its inception. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.