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Stewart Cink, Davis Love III & Y.E. Yang Final Commitments to 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink, 1997 PGA Championship winner and 2012 Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang are the final commitments to the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The final field includes 20 of the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking and 97 of the top-125 money leaders from the 2012 season have committed. There are 24 Major Championships represented in the field, including 9 PGA Championships, 8 Masters wins, three US Open championships and four British Open championships. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.2 million purse, the $1,116,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points.

Brandt Snedeker (8), Bubba Watson (9), Jason Dufner (11), Keegan Bradley (12), Nick Watney (21), Phil Mickelson (22), Van Pelt (24), Hunter Mahan (27) and Kaymer (28) are the highest ranked players on the Official World Golf Ranking in the field. Other top-ranked players include Carl Pettersson (32), Rickie Fowler (34), Nicolas Colsaerts (36), Bill Haas (37), Robert Garrigus (38), Jason Day (39), Scott Piercy (40), Ryan Moore (45), David Toms (46), David Lynn (49) and Padraig Harrington (50).

PGA TOUR members had until 5 p.m. today to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Non-committed players participating in the Farmers Insurance Open have a half-hour from the end of 2nd round play to commit. In addition, any previously uncommitted player placing in the top-10 at the Farmers Insurance Open also can commit to play Sunday evening. Three spots still remain available and will be determined through Monday qualifying at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.

Eight past tournament champions are currently in the field, including Kyle Stanley (2012), Mark Wilson (2011), Hunter Mahan (2010), J.B. Holmes (2006 & 2008), Aaron Baddeley (2007), Phil Mickelson (1996 & 2005) and Vijay Singh (1995 & 2003) and Jesper Parnevik (1998).
With the limited PGA TOUR season in 2013, the five exemptions, previously awarded by the tournament host Thunderbirds, will now come out of the Qualifying Tournament/Web.com Tour category.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 28 – February 3, 2013, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $80 million for charities, with more than $50 million generated since 2004. The 2013 edition will mark the 78th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.