SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER, WYNDHAM CLARK AND JUSTIN THOMAS AMONG FIRST COMMITMENTS TO 2024 WM PHOENIX OPEN FIELD
– Tournament Chairman George Thimsen announced today the WM Phoenix Open presented by Taylor Morrison has already received early commitments from some of the top PGA TOUR players who will tee it up at “The People’s Open” February 5-11 at TPC Scottsdale. Among the first to commit include back-to-back WM Phoenix Open champion Scottie Scheffler, World No. 10 and reigning U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark, and 15-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Thomas.
“We are excited to see a few of the world’s best players as early additions to our 2024 field including two-time defending champion, Scottie Scheffler,” said 2024 Tournament Chairman George Thimsen. “The WM Phoenix Open always showcases a great field, and we expect nothing different this year as we get closer to the 89th edition of ‘The People’s Open.’”
Scheffler has his eyes set on making history and becoming just the second player to accomplish three-consecutive victories at the WM Phoenix Open since Arnold Palmer (1961-1963). The current world No. 1 had an outstanding 2023 season with two victories, two runner ups and 21 top-25 finishes in 23 starts. He became the third player with multiple victories on the 2022-2023 season after his win at The Players Championship and was a multi-winner on TOUR for the second consecutive season.
Known for his pure ball striking skills and accuracy, the former Texas Longhorn did not miss a cut last season and ended the year T6 in the FedEx Cup standings. Scheffler was the PGA TOUR’s leading money winner in 2023 and represented Team USA in Rome for the 2023 Ryder Cup. Scheffler is already back to his winning ways in the 2024 PGA TOUR season with a win at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. This will be Scheffler’s fifth appearance at “The Peoples Open.”
Clark joined the winner’s circle multiple times in 2023, earning his first PGA TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte and then his first major title at the U.S. Open in Los Angeles. His monumental victories, in addition to his eight top-10 finishes this season, put Clark at No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings. This will be Clark’s sixth WM Phoenix Open appearance, with his best finish a T10 last year at TPC Scottsdale.
Since turning professional in 2013, Justin Thomas has put together 15 PGA TOUR victories, two Major Championship titles (2017, 2022 PGA Championships) and a FedEx Cup title (2017). Thomas was named the PGA of America Player of the Year twice (2017, 2020), the PGA TOUR Player of the Year in the 2016-2017 wrap-around season, and three times led the PGA TOUR in earnings (2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20). Thomas has represented the United States on three victorious Presidents Cup teams (2017, 2019, 2022) and represented Team USA over the summer at the Ryder Cup in Rome. Thomas held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for five weeks in 2018 and is currently ranked No. 26 in the world. This will be Thomas’ 10th appearance at the WM Phoenix Open – he finished solo fourth in 2023 and turned in his best performances (T3) in 2019 and 2020.
PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb 2, to commit to play in the WM 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.