TOM KIM, BRIAN HARMAN, HARRIS ENGLISH HIGHLIGHT THE FINAL ROUND OF COMMITMENTS AS THE TOP-NOTCH FIELD IS NEARLY SET FOR 2024 WM PHOENIX OPEN
The world-class field for the 2024 edition of “The People’s Open” is nearly set as top-ranked players in the world Brian Harman (10), Tom Kim (17) and Harris English (40) are among the final players to commit to play in the 2024 WM Phoenix Open presented by Taylor Morrison, set to tee it up February 5-11 at TPC Scottsdale.
The last remaining sponsor exemptions were awarded to up-and-comers Adrien Dumont de Chassart and Chris Gotterup as well as PGA TOUR veteran Kevin Chappell.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler returns for a possible three-peat against an amazing field that includes premier players and fan favorites like Max Homa, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Wyndham Clark, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler just to name a few.
The field includes five of the Top-10 and 27 of the Top-50 ranked players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), along with seven Major champions, and four WM Phoenix Open champions, including two-time winners Scottie Scheffler and Hideki Matsuyama.
“We’re excited to once again see an amazing field compete at one of the PGA TOUR’s most thrilling and unique stops,” said 2024 Tournament Chairman George Thimsen. “From past champions and Major winners, to up and comers and fan favorites, the 2024 field features some of the game’s biggest stars and personalities. We can’t wait to see them tee it up at ‘The People’s Open’.”
Harman picked an important tournament for his third professional victory, taking the winner’s circle at Royal Liverpool at the 2023 Open Championship. The win catapulted Harman into the Top-10 (No. 10) in the Official World Golf Rankings up from No. 26 the week before and led to a 2023 U.S. Ryder Cup appearance, the first of his 12-year PGA TOUR career. Harman followed his biggest professional win with a T5 at the BMW Championship and a 23rd-place finish in the FedExCup standings. He will make his 12th start at TPC Scottsdale at the 2024 WM Phoenix Open.
Rising PGA TOUR star Tom Kim has three titles under his belt in just two years on the PGA TOUR making him the first player since Tiger Woods to win twice on TOUR before their 21st birthday. The young South Korean put together a memorable 2023 season, successfully defending his title at the Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin and 15 Top-25s, nine Top-10s and a runner-up finish en route to his first TOUR Championship where he finished 20th in the FedExCup standings. He currently ranks No. 17 in the Official World Golf Ranking and will make his second-straight appearance at this year’s WM Phoenix Open.
Four-time PGA TOUR winner Harris English is off to a solid start in 2024, already capturing a Top-15 finish at The Sentry and Top-10 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but his best season came in 2020 when he accrued two titles at The Sentry Tournament of Champions and The Travelers Championship (both in a playoff). English represented Team U.S.A. at the 2020 Ryder Cup and helped them secure the victory against Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. This will be his 12th appearance at the WM Phoenix Open, with his best outing a solo third back in 2016.
Adrien Dumont de Chassart has had an extraordinary start to his budding professional career, making history as the first PGA TOUR University graduate to clinch a win in his professional debut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Before embarking on his professional journey, Dumont de Chassart played for the University of Illinois where he was a three-time All-American, a finalist for the esteemed 2023 Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins Awards and was awarded the 2023 Big Ten Medal of Honor, the highest accolade a student-athlete in the Big Ten can achieve. Dumont de Chassart will make his first WM Phoenix Open appearance in 2024.
During his college career at Oklahoma, Gotterup became the first Sooner to win the Haskins Award, which is given to recognize the Player of the Year in men’s collegiate golf. The award dates back to 1971 and has been given to the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, David Duval, and Ben Crenshaw, to name a few. This will be his first ever appearance at “The People’s Open.”
PGA TOUR veteran Kevin Chappell turned pro in 2011 and has played 286 events on TOUR, carding a lone victory at the 2017 Valero Texas Open. His best season was the 2015-2016 wrap-around schedule where he had four runner-up finishes including the TOUR Championship en route to an eighth-place finish in the FedExCup Standings. Chappell will make his 10th WM Phoenix Open appearance in 2024.
The field also includes 34 players who finished in the Top-50 in last year’s FedExCup race. The four former champs in the field include Scheffler (2022, 2023), Rickie Fowler (2019), Gary Woodland (2018), and Hideki Matsuyama (2016, 2017).
Along with Dumont de Chassart, Gotterup, and Chappell, the other sponsor exemptions were awarded to 2014 WM Phoenix Open champion Kevin Stadler and current European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald.
Three Monday qualifier spots also were decided at Pinnacle Peak Country Club on Monday, with Patton Kizzire, Nicolo Galletti and Jim Knous taking the final three spots in the 2024 WM Phoenix Open field.