Gary Woodland, Harris English, Billy Horschel Latest Commits to Play in 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Tournament Chairman Scott Jenkins announced today 2019 U.S. Open champion and 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland, world No. 16 Harris English, 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and three-time PGA TOUR winner Brendon Todd are the latest to commit to the Waste Management Phoenix Open field, which will tee it up February 1-7 at TPC Scottsdale.
All four are currently ranked in the Top-50 of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), with English at the top of the group at 16, followed by Woodland at 40, Horschel at 41, and Todd at 46.
Woodland has four total PGA TOUR wins in his 14-year professional career including his win at “The People’s Open” in 2018 and his record-breaking U.S. Open win at Pebble Beach in 2019. This will be his 12th start at TPC Scottsdale – in his previous 11 appearances he has recorded three Top-10’s and nearly $2 million in earnings.
English is off to a hot start in the 2020-2021 wrap-around PGA TOUR season winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions and finishing in the Top-10 four additional times in seven events. The three-time PGA TOUR champion is currently ranked No. 16 in the Official World Golf Rankings and No. 2 in the current FedExCup standings. English will make his 10th career WM Phoenix Open start in 2021 with his highest finish (3rd) coming in 2016.
Five-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Horschel is coming off a solid 2020 campaign, carding six Top-10 finishes including a solo second-place finish at the Wyndham Championship. His best season on TOUR came in 2014 when he won two-straight FedExCup playoff events (BMW Championship and TOUR Championship) and held off Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy by three strokes in the final event of the season to take home the 2014 FedExCup Championship. Horschel will make his 11th start at the WM Phoenix Open.
Brendon Todd is coming off arguably his best season (2019-2020 wrap-around season) in his 14-year professional career, winning two of his three total PGA TOUR events in back-to-back style at the Bermuda Championship and the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Todd is currently ranked No. 46 in the OWGR and will make his fourth start at the 2021 WM Phoenix Open, his first since 2016.
Currently the field has 18 players ranked in the Top-50 of the Official World Golf Rankings, led by Jon Rahm who sits 2nd in the standings. The other top-ranked players include Xander Schauffele (5), Webb Simpson (8), Brooks Koepka (12), Matthew Wolff (15), Harris English (16), Sungjae Im (18), Hideki Matsuyama (20), Louis Oosthuizen (24), Ryan Palmer (28), Jason Kokrak (31), Cameron Smith (32), Scottie Scheffler (33), Horshel (39), Woodland (40), Matt Kuchar (42), Todd (46) and Bubba Watson (46).
The field also includes 20 of the Top-30 in the current FedExCup standings, along with 11 players who finished in the Top-25 in last year’s FedExCup race.
A field of 132 players will vie for the $7.3 million purse, the $1,314,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points. PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Eligible players are assigned one of 34 PGA TOUR priority ranking categories based on their past performance on TOUR. The field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the Open.
The 2021 WM Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale February 1-7. “The People’s Open” was named the Tournament of the Year by the PGA TOUR four times in the past six years (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019) to acknowledge the tournament’s legendary status as one the most unique events in golf. The 2021 edition will mark the 86th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the 12th as the WM Phoenix Open.
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