Mickelson, Rahm Among Latest Commitments to 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Three-time WM Phoenix Open champion Phil Mickelson and former Arizona State standout Jon Rahm are among the latest players to commit to the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, set to tee it up January 29-February 4 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.9 million purse, the $1,242,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.
Additionally, notable commitments were received from three players currently in the Top-50 in the Official World Golf Ranking – Tony Finau (40), Si Woo Kim (41) and Brendan Steele (45).
“Phil is an incredible ambassador for our tournament, and as a three-time winner, one of the crowd favorites every year,” said Tournament Chairman Carlos Sugich. “We’re also thrilled to welcome back Jon Rahm, a four-time NCAA All-American and rising young star on the PGA TOUR.”
Mickelson will be making his 29th appearance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and is the all-time WM Phoenix Open money leader with $3.9 million in winnings. Along with his three WM Phoenix Open wins, Mickelson has finished in the Top-10 in 10 of his 28 starts at TPC Scottsdale. With a win in 2018, Mickelson would become the only player in tournament history to win the event four times. He currently ranks 37th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Rahm ranks fourth in the OWGR and claimed his first PGA TOUR victory during the 2017 season with a win at the Farmers Insurance Open. His stellar rookie campaign included two runner-up finishes, two third-place finishes and 11 top-10s; and he finished the year strong with Top-10 finishes in his final four events of the season to finish fifth overall in the final FedExCup standings. Rahm will be making his third appearance at the WM Phoenix Open – he finished T16 in 2017 and T5 in 2015 playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.
Jordan Spieth (2) is the highest-ranked player currently in the field, which currently features five of the Top-10 and nine of the Top-25 in the OWGR. Other ranked players in the field include Hideki Matsuyama (4), Rahm (5), Rickie Fowler (7), Brooks Koepka (8), Alex Noren (17), Francesco Molinari (21), Charley Hoffman (23), Xander Schauffele (25), Kevin Chappell (33), Mickelson (35), Finau (40), Kim (41), Steele (45) and Peter Uihlein (49).
Mickelson is the third former champion (1996, 2005 and 2013) currently in the field, joining Matsuyama (2016, 2017) and Koepka (2015).
PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 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 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale January 29 – February 4, 2018. “The People’s 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 2017 tournament broke four attendance records, including a PGA TOUR record 655,434 fans for the week. The 2018 edition will mark the 83rd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the ninth 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. In 2017 The Thunderbirds raised a record $10.1 million for charity from proceeds from last year’s tournament and have eclipsed $122 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932. For more information on The Thunderbirds, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.