Matsuyama to Defend Title at 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Defending tournament champion Hideki Matsuyama is among the first to commit to the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, set to tee it up January 30-February 5 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.7 million purse, the $1,206,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points. Additionally, the tournament received commitments from 12-time PGA TOUR winner Zach Johnson, 2015 Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger and 2010 WM Phoenix Open champion Hunter Mahan.
“Hideki is a great champion and we are excited that he will be here this year to defend his title,” said Tournament Chairman Andy Markham. “With ‘The People’s Open’ just 40 days away, we expect this already impressive list of commitments to include many more big names as we get closer to tournament week.”
The 24-year-old Matsuyama currently ranks 6th on the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to his stellar 2016 campaign which saw him earn eight Top-10 finishes after his second career victory in Scottsdale last February. Matsuyama is off to a hot start in the 2016-2017 wrap-around season collecting wins at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and the Hero World Challenge as well as a second-place finish at the CIMB Classic.
Other top-ranked golfers to commit include Kevin Chappell (32), Berger (33), Zach Johnson (38), Shane Lowry (42), Kevin Na (44), and Gary Woodland (49).
PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 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 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 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.
Alpha Field List
2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open
As of December 20, 2017
Byeong Hun An
Miguel Angel Carballo
Charles Howell III
Si Woo Kim
Cheng Tsung Pan
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Harold Varner III