Celebrities Announced For WM Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am


The list of athletes and celebrities playing in the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am on Wednesday, January 28th includes:

  • Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians
  • Country music star Dierks Bentley
  • ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman
  • Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter
  • ABA and NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving
  • Arizona Cardinals all-pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald
  • Major League Baseball great Ken Griffey Jr.
  • ESPN NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski
  • 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson
  • Former all-pro quarterback Jim McMahon
  • Ohio State University Head Football Coach Urban Meyer
  • Country music star Jake Owen
  • Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson
  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
  • NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith
  • Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow

The Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am, will tee off at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, January 28th on TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians will be playing in his second straight WM Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am. In 2013, Arians became the first Cardinals coach since Norm Barry (1925) to record at least nine wins in his first season with a 10-6 finish. He would do one better in 2014, finishing the season with an 11-5 record – tying a Cardinals franchise record for most wins in a season.

Country Music star Dierks Bentley released his self-titled debut album in 2003, and the album’s single, “What Was I Thinkin’?” topped the country charts. His 2005 effort, Modern Day Drifter, also went platinum. Bentley became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry when he was inducted in 2005 and that same year, he won the CMA Horizon Award. His current album, Riser, is up for a 2015 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Television sportscaster, Chris Berman, joined the sports cable network ESPN in 1979 and quickly became one of the most celebrated sportscasters in the business. He has served as a host, anchor and commentator for numerous programs, including NFL Countdown, NFL Sundays, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight.

After cheering-on teammate Aaron Hill and toting around large cardboard cutouts of Hill’s head during last year’s Annexus Pro-Am, Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitcher Josh Collmenter makes his Waste Management Phoenix Open golf debut. Collmenter made his MLB debut in April 2011. Collmenter is known for his unusual over-the-top delivery and for his extreme versatility as he’s able to start games or come out of the bullpen.

Julius Erving (Dr. J) will be playing in his second straight WM Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am. An avid golfer, Erving is the 5th highest scorer in professional basketball history and four-time league MVP with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
After an All-American collegiate football career at the University of Pittsburgh, the Arizona Cardinals picked Larry Fitzgerald third overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. A Cardinal for his entire professional career, he has been selected for the Pro Bowl six times, and currently ranks fourth all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game for a career (76.0 yards per game), behind Andre Johnson, Torry Holt, and Marvin Harrison.

Ken Griffey, Jr. made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 1989, and went on to earn 10 Golden Glove Awards, 13 trips to the All Star Game and belted 630 home runs – the sixth-most in MLB history. He also tied Don Mattingly and Dale Long for the most consecutive games with a home run at 8. Griffey, Jr. was also named to MLB’s All-Century team.

After a distinguished 17-years career as an NFL quarterback, Ron Jaworski now coaches football fans as an analyst on ESPN’s NFL Match-Up where he breaks down the plays and provides other expert analysis. He also plays a prominent role in ESPN’s Sunday Countdown every Sunday morning during the NFL season as well as Monday Night Countdown prior to Monday Night Football.

Randy Johnson is a 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, a five-time Cy Young Award winner, 10-time MLB All-Star, 2001 World Series Champion and MVP, a 303-game winner and ranks second all-time on the MLB strikeout list (4,875) behind Nolan Ryan (5,714). Johnson last played in the WM Phoenix Open Wednesday Pro-Am in 2014.

Former all-pro quarterback Jim McMahon played 15 seasons in the NFL for seven teams. He is a former NFL NFC Rookie of the Year, a two-time Super Bowl champion (XX and XXXI) and the 1991 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Since retiring from the NFL, McMahon now lives in Scottsdale.
On January 12th, Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff National Championship. The win – added to his two other national championships with the Florida Gators – places Meyer in an exclusive fraternity of coaches with three national championships. With an incredible 38-3 record in three seasons at Ohio State, Meyer is the first to earn college football’s top prize at two different schools, in two different conferences.

Country music star Jake Owen, who performed at last year’s Coors Light Birds Nest, took up golf at an early age and began pursuing a career as a professional golfer, winning his first tournament at fifteen. After graduating from Vero Beach High School, Owen attended Florida State University. A wakeboarding accident, which resulted in reconstructive surgery, left Owen unable to continue playing golf competitively.

Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson returns for his second consecutive appearance in the WM Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am. Peterson has earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in each of his four NFL seasons (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

NFL Hall of Famer and all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith returns for the third time to the WM Phoenix open Annexus Pro-Am after participating in 2012 and 2014. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Smith played 15 seasons in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

In 10 seasons, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to four division titles, three AFC Championships and two Super Bowl victories, becoming the second-youngest quarterback to win his second Super Bowl (Tom Brady). Roethlisberger has earned three trips to the Pro Bowl (after the 2007, 2011 and 2014 seasons).

After winning the Heisman Trophy and BCS Championship with the Florida Gators in 2009, Tim Tebow was drafted 25th overall the following year by the Denver Broncos. In 2012, he was traded to the New York Jets where he briefly saw action during the 2012-13 season. Tebow ended his professional career with a short stint with the New England Patriots.

Tee times for the Annexus Pro-Am will be from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Exact tee times for participating amateurs and celebrities will be announced the evening of Tuesday, January 27th on the tournament website – wmphoenixopen.com.

The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from January 26 to February 1, 2015. 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. The 2015 edition will mark the 80th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the sixth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. For more information on the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.

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