Phoenix Open

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Waste Management Phoenix Open
Tournament information
Location Scottsdale, Arizona
Established 1932
Course(s) TPC of Scottsdale
Par 71
Length 7,216 yards (6,598 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6,200,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 256 Mark Calcavecchia (2001)
256 Phil Mickelson (2013)
To par −28 Mark Calcavecchia (2001)
−28 Phil Mickelson (2013)
Current champion
United States Kevin Stadler

The Waste Management Phoenix Open[1] is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held in early February at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Arizona. The tournament was originally the Arizona Open, but was known for most of its history as the Phoenix Open until the investment bank Friedman Billings Ramsey became the title sponsor in October 2003, when it was known as the FBR Open. The Phoenix Open is called “The Greatest Show on Grass”. It is the largest professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour.[2]

History[edit]

The Phoenix Open began in 1932 but was discontinued after the 1935 tournament. The rebirth of the Phoenix Open came in 1939 when Bob Goldwater, Sr. convinced fellow Thunderbirds to help run the event. The Thunderbirds, a prominent civic organization in Phoenix, were not as enthusiastic about running the event as he was, leaving Goldwater, Sr. to do most of the work in getting a golf open started. The event was played at the Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, both in its earlier incarnations and after Goldwater resuscitated it. Beginning in 1955, the Arizona Country Club (also in Phoenix) alternated as event host with Phoenix Country Club; this arrangement lasted until Phoenix Country Club took The Arizona Country Club's turn in 1975 and became the event's permanent home again.

In 1987, the tournament was moved to its current home, the Stadium Course at TPC of Scottsdale.

The 4-day attendance of the tournament is usually around 500,000. The most popular hole for spectators to watch is the 16th hole due to the "Amphitheatre" atmosphere of the hole, created by the stands erected every year before the tournament. The hole could be described as "one big party", with many students from the nearby Arizona State University. Poor shots at the 16th hole receive boos, because the hole is very easy by the PGA's standards. Good shots, however, are cheered for loudly. Famous moments at the 16th include Tiger Woods' hole-in-one in 1997, which caused the gallery to erupt, throwing cups and other objects in celebration, and Justin Leonard giving the finger to the gallery after a poor shot. In 2011 Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle aced the hole, causing the stands to erupt in excitement.

The most popular golfer at the open is unquestionably Phil Mickelson, an Arizona State alum. In addition to the golf, there is a concert/party held in the Scottsdale area called the Birds Nest, at which music artists like Huey Lewis and the News play.

It is the best-attended event in golf. In 2013, it set a PGA Tour single day attendance record with 179,022 fans in attendance on Saturday, February 2.[3] In 2014, the Phoenix Open set a tournament week attendance record of 563,008 fans.[4]

The Thunderbirds are still highly active in the organization of the tournament. Portions of the proceeds are used by the Thunderbirds to fund Special Olympics activities in Phoenix.

In recent years, the Phoenix Open has been played on Super Bowl Weekend. In 1996, the tournament was played Wednesday through Saturday, as Super Bowl XXX was held in nearby Sun Devil Stadium. In 2009, the tournament overlapped with the Super Bowl when Kenny Perry and Charley Hoffman went to a playoff, subsequently denying the spectators a chance to watch the beginning of the game, featuring the local Arizona Cardinals. Because of the Super Bowl weekend status, the PGA Tour's television contracts with CBS and The Golf Channel include an alternating tournament. While a CBS tournament, this tournament airs on The Golf Channel during years CBS has the Super Bowl, and likewise, The Golf Channel's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship airs on CBS in Winter Olympic years.

Records – scoring and victories[edit]

The lowest 4-day score (72 holes) for the tournament was by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001 with a total score of 256 (28 under par), which has since been matched by Phil Mickelson in 2013. In the second round he scored a 60, which equalled the lowest score at the Phoenix Open (by Grant Waite in 1996) and subsequently matched by Phil Mickelson in 2005 and 2013. Calcavecchia had 32 birdies in the tournament, which was also an all-time record.

There have been only two double eagles in the history of the Phoenix Open. Tom Pernice, Jr. made the first one on the 558-yard par-5 15th hole in 1990. Andrew Magee scored the second on the 332-yard par-4 17th hole in 2001. Magee's shot is believed to be the first-ever hole in one on a par-4 in PGA Tour history.

Calcavecchia (1989, 1992 and 2001) shares the most wins record of three with Gene Littler (1955, 1959, and 1969), Arnold Palmer (1961, 1962, and 1963) and Phil Mickelson (1996, 2005, 2013)

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($) Purse ($)
Waste Management Phoenix Open
2014 Kevin Stadler  United States 268 −16 1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Phil Mickelson (3)  United States 256 −28 1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 Kyle Stanley  United States 269 −15 1,098,000 6,100,000
2011 Mark Wilson  United States 266 −18 1,098,000 6,100,000
2010 Hunter Mahan  United States 268 −16 1,080,000 6,000,000
FBR Open
2009 Kenny Perry  United States 270 −14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 J. B. Holmes (2)  United States 270 −14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 263 −21 1,080,000 6,000,000
2006 J. B. Holmes  United States 263 −21 936,000 5,200,000
2005 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 267 −17 936,000 5,200,000
2004 Jonathan Kaye  United States 266 −18 936,000 5,200,000
Phoenix Open
2003 Vijay Singh (2)  Fiji 261 −23 720,000 4,000,000
2002 Chris DiMarco  United States 267 −17 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Mark Calcavecchia (3)  United States 256 −28 720,000 4,000,000
2000 Tom Lehman  United States 270 −14 576,000 3,200,000
1999 Rocco Mediate  United States 273 −11 540,000 3,000,000
1998 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 269 −15 450,000 2,500,000
1997 Steve Jones  United States 258 −26 270,000 1,500,000
1996 % Phil Mickelson  United States 269 −15 234,000 1,300,000
1995 Vijay Singh  Fiji 269 −15 234,000 1,300,000
1994 Bill Glasson  United States 268 −16 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Lee Janzen  United States 273 −11 180,000 1,000,000
1992 Mark Calcavecchia (2)  United States 264 −20 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Nolan Henke  United States 268 −16 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Tommy Armour III  United States 267 −17 162,000 900,000
1989 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 263 −21 126,000 700,000
1988 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 269 −15 117,000 650,000
1987 Paul Azinger  United States 268 −16 108,000 600,000
1986 Hal Sutton  United States 267 −21 90,000 500,000
1985 Calvin Peete  United States 270 −14 81,000 450,000
1984 Tom Purtzer  United States 268 −16 72,000 400,000
1983 Bob Gilder (2)  United States 271 −13 63,000 350,000
1982 Lanny Wadkins  United States 263 −21 54,000 300,000
1981 David Graham  Australia 268 −16 54,000 300,000
1980 Jeff Mitchell  United States 272 −12 54,000 300,000
1979 Ben Crenshaw  United States 199* −14 33,750 250,000
1978 Miller Barber  United States 272 −12 40,000 200,000
1977 Jerry Pate  United States 277 −7 40,000 200,000
1976 Bob Gilder  United States 268 −16 40,000 200,000
1975 Johnny Miller (2)  United States 260 −24 30,000 150,000
1974 Johnny Miller  United States 271 −13 30,000 150,000
1973 Bruce Crampton  Australia 268 −12 30,000 150,000
1972 Homero Blancas  United States 273 −11 25,000 125,000
Phoenix Open Invitational
1971 Miller Barber  United States 261 −23 25,000 125,000
1970 Dale Douglass  United States 271 −13 20,000 100,000
1969 Gene Littler (3)  United States 263 −21 20,000 100,000
1968 George Knudson  Canada 272 −12 20,000 100,000
1967 Julius Boros  United States 272 −12 14,000 70,000
1966 Dudley Wysong  United States 278 −6 9,000 60,000
1965 Rod Funseth  United States 274 −14 10,500 65,000
1964 Jack Nicklaus  United States 271 −13 7,500 50,000
1963 Arnold Palmer (3)  United States 273 −15 5,300 35,000
1962 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 269 −15 5,300 35,000
1961 Arnold Palmer  United States 270 −10 4,300 30,000
1960 Jack Fleck  United States 273 −11 3,150 22,500
1959 Gene Littler (2)  United States 268 −12 2,400 20,000
1958 Ken Venturi  United States 274 −10 2,000 15,000
1957 Billy Casper  United States 271 −9 2,000 15,000
Phoenix Open
1956 Cary Middlecoff  United States 276 −8 2,400 15,000
1955 Gene Littler  United States 275 −5 2,400 15,000
1954 Ed Furgol  United States 272 −12 2,000 10,000
1953 Lloyd Mangrum (2)  United States 272 −12 2,000 10,000
1952 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 274 −10 2,000 10,000
1951 Lew Worsham  United States 272 −12 2,000 10,000
Ben Hogan Open
1950 Jimmy Demaret (2)  United States 269 −15 2,000 10,000
Phoenix Open
1949 Jimmy Demaret  United States 278 −6 2,000 10,000
1948 Bobby Locke  South Africa 268 −16 2,000 10,000
1947 Ben Hogan (2)  United States 270 −14 2,000 10,000
1946 Ben Hogan  United States 273 −11 1,500 7,500
1945 Byron Nelson (2)  United States 274 −10 1,000 5,000
1944 Harold "Jug" McSpaden  United States 273 −11 1,000 5,000
1943 No tournament
1942 No tournament - hosted Western Open
1941
1940 Ed Oliver  United States 205^ −8 700 3,000
1939 Byron Nelson  United States 198^ −15 700 3,000
1938 No tournament
1937
1936
1935 Ky Laffoon  United States 281 −3 500 2,500
1934 No tournament
Arizona Open
1933 Harry Cooper  United States 281 −3 400 1,500
1932 Ralph Guldahl  United States 285 −1 600 2,500
  • * rain-shortened to 54 holes
  • ^ scheduled 54 holes
  • % Moved to Wednesday–Saturday as Super Bowl XXX was held in nearby Tempe.

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources[5][6][7]

Multiple winners[edit]

Thirteen men have won this tournament more than once.

References[edit]

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