2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open Notes
Dates: January 26-February 1, 2015
Where: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Course: TPC Scottsdale (Par/Yards: 71/7,216)
Field size: 132
2014 champion: Kevin Stadler
Purse: $6,300,000 ($1,134,000/winner)
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
The “Greenest Show on Grass” enters its 2015 event with tremendous momentum:
- Arguably the best field in tournament history with notables such as Tiger Woods (first start at TPC Scottsdale since 2001), Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and defending FedExCup champion Billy Horschel.
- The tournament is opposite the Super Bowl in the same city for the first time since 2008 — Phoenix promises to be the epicenter of the sports world all week.
- Now in its 80th year, the event is on pace to surpass $100 million in all-time charitable giving, making it the third PGA TOUR event to achieve this historic milestone, along with the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
- Named 2014 PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year (shared with BMW Championship).
- In 2014, Waste Management signed a 10-year contract extension that begins in 2016.
How Kevin Stadler won the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Last year, Kevin Stadler entered the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open trailing two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson by two strokes, before his 3-under 68 Sunday ended with a one-stroke victory at 16-under 268 over Watson and Canada’s Graham DeLaet. The victory was Stadler’s first on the PGA TOUR.
Stadler will be unable to defend his Waste Management Phoenix Open title due to a left wrist injury. He withdrew from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions due to the same injury after 36 holes. The last player unable to start in a title defense due to injury was Tiger Woods last year at THE PLAYERS Championship. Gary Woodland did not defend his Barracuda Championship last year as he was eligible for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Henrik Stenson did not qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.