A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.3 million purse, the $1,134,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.
Mr. Fowler, ranked 10th on the Official World Golf Rankings, is coming off a tremendous 2014 season with 14 top-25 finishes, including finishing in the top five of all four majors. Mr. Fowler finished tied for fifth at the 2014 Masters, tied for second at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship and tied for third at the PGA Championship.
The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be Mr. Fowler’s seventh consecutive appearance at TPC Scottsdale — his best finish came in 2010 when he finished second, one stroke behind Hunter Mahan.
Mr. Kuchar, ranked 11th on the Official World Golf Rankings, is also coming off a solid 2014 campaign with 11 top-10 finishes, including a victory at the RBC Heritage and a fifth place finish at The Masters. The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be Mr. Kuchar’s seventh tournament appearance and his first since 2012.
Other notable golfers to recently commit to the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open include: Ryan Moore, ranked 30th in the world; two-time tournament champion J.B. Holmes; 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen; 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera; 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir; and 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms.
PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23 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.
Six past tournament champions are currently in the field, including Kevin Stadler (2014), three-time winner Phil Mickelson (1996, 2005 & 2013), Kyle Stanley (2012), Mark Wilson (2011), Kenny Perry (2009) and Holmes (2006 & 2008).
In addition, the tournament host Thunderbirds awarded the first of five sponsor exemptions to Padraig Harrington.
The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” 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 2015 edition will mark the 80th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the fifth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
For more information on the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.
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