Celebrities, professional athletes compete in Phoenix Open’s Annexus Pro-Am


Some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment packed the star-studded Annexus Pro-Am to tee it up with the best PGA TOUR players in the world at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The annual Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place at TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road.

The combined group of PGA TOUR professionals Zach Johnson and Kyle Stanley ran away with the title, winning by three shots with a 17-under 54, on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Thousands of golf fanatics and partygoers flocked to the famed 16th hole after the pro-am to watch the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory, a closest-to-the-pin contest for a chance at $1 million for charity.

Fans in the stands were treated to the sight of a fighter jet flyover, the Solar Squad –– the Phoenix Suns Dancers –– and the freestyling sounds of Kelley James on the mic.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took top honors with a tee shot landing 13 feet from the hole.

Jim Crane, Houston Astros owner and proprietor of a silky-smooth golf swing, came in second at 15 feet 11 inches and Adam Pritchett of Pacific Office Automation came in third place with a tee shot coming to rest just under 17 feet from the hole, according to a press release.

The 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community was held at TPC Scottsdale Jan. 28–Feb. 3. “The People’s Open” was recently tabbed the 2018 Tournament of Year by the PGA TOUR, is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique events in golf, a press release stated.

The 2019 edition marked the 84th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the 10th 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 285 “life” members.

In 2018 The Thunderbirds raised a record $12.2 million for charity from proceeds from last year’s tournament and have eclipsed $134 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932.

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