Right after record-breaking attendance in 2022 with in excess of 719,000 fans, the WM Phoenix Open up returns to TPC Scottsdale tomorrow, Feb. 6.
“We’re heading to have possibly 90,000 persons per day at a bare minimum,” said event Chairman Pat Williams.
“Certainly, on the weekend, we’re heading to have a lot more, so with the sheer size and scale of our tournament, we are going to have virtually 5 or six days of men and women at our event that will match the Super Bowl crowd just about every day, which is really fun and enjoyable.”
Arranged by the Thunderbirds, the 2023 WM Phoenix Open operates as a result of Tremendous Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12.
It will host absolutely free exercise rounds, and other peripheral events like Annexus Professional Am, the Specific Olympics Placing contest setting up Feb.9.
The 132-participant field is loaded this year, with a commitment from the world’s top rated golfer, Rory McIlroy, as properly as defending champion and No. 2-rated Scottie Scheffler.
Other best-ranked gamers in the field are Xander Schauffele (6), Will Zalatoris (7), Justin Thomas (8), Collin Morikawa (9), Tony Finau (12), Sam Burns (13), Max Homa (16), Cameron Young (17), Sungjae Im (19), Shane Lowry (20) and Tommy Fleetwood (24). Golfers had to dedicate by final Friday.
“It’s just likely to have a incredible impact on our match all round,” Williams explained. “Our admirers who are there to see golf, are heading to see the ideal players in the world. It is really seriously fascinating for us to have a area that genuinely will rival any main event, or one particular of the majors in golf, so we could not be far more enthusiastic.”
Another participant joining the subject is 2022 WM Phoenix Open T14 finisher Chris Kirk, who will be looking to capture the title. Kirk has participated in the WM Phoenix Open 10 occasions in the past 11 decades. Only getting reduce two times in that span, Kirk is aware how to navigate the course.
“I assume that the system just sets up actually great for me,” Kirk explained. “It will get a very little little bit of a standing of bombers enjoying very well there, but I come to feel like you have got to generate really excellent out there, specially the par fives, it is truly essential to hit fairways.”
Kirk was on a roll in the 2021-2022 year, coming off 1 of the better many years. He’s put well in significant tournaments like the PGA Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Honda Vintage and RBC Canadian Open up, ending top 10 in each occasion.
His momentum has carried into the new season, as he has performed in 7 situations, only lacking two cuts. His achievements continues this period, missing the exact same quantity of cuts.
The WM Phoenix Open up is a single of 17 tournaments this year designated for a bigger purse. The gamers will contend for a $3.6 million very first-location prize, far more than double the 2022 purse. This prize is pulled from a $20 million purse in 2023, $11.8 million over the $8.2 million purse previous year, as very well as 500 FedEx Cup points.
“I’m anticipating a excellent field, probably the greatest discipline we’ve at any time had,” Williams said. “At the main, what will make this work is the gamers and we want and want a good subject each year. It really is quite critical to the results of the event.”
One of the oldest activities on the PGA Tour, the WM Phoenix Open will be entering its 88th iteration. The framework of the golfing event has progressed, turning from an common golfing party to a spectacle.
The 2023 WM Phoenix Open knowledge will feature many of the things that have been at previous year’s occasion, like the return of the 36,000-sq.-foot Fairway Property, a normal admission structure on the highest position of the golf study course that provides the greatest sights.
Starting on Monday, the very first of two professional-am occasions, the Carlisle Pro-Am, will be held and has no cost admission.
The subsequent working day is a totally free follow round, the place the pros will be in action, sharpening their match and concocting a profitable recreation prepare. Tuesday will also include things like the Unique Olympics placing contest, paving the way for the match thank companies for supporting the function.
Occur Wednesday, the stars are out to shine in the Annexus Professional-Am. Individuals include former Arizona Cardinals functioning again and Super Bowl champion, Emmitt Smith, ASU alumni and the most embellished Olympic athlete, Michael Phelps and three-time MVP Albert Pujols.
“Wednesday is possibly my preferred day of the week,” Williams explained. “Wednesday is our pro-am working day, but it’s also our shot at glory which, if lovers haven’t been to that, shot of glory is a wonderful honor and tribute to our military. And we have a actually neat function the place we will have some men and women strike pictures at the 16th gap for charity.”
“As significantly as I am thrilled, I am just happy that myself and the support of 54 other active Thunderbirds, and 200 plus additional-like Thunderbirds have all labored quite challenging this 12 months to make this match what it will be,” Williams claimed.