2023 WM Phoenix Open Field Guide

Editorial StaffFebruary 5, 2023
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From Birds Nest bands to TPC eating-and-drinking tips, crush your Open experience with our front-nine preview of “The Greatest Show on Grass.” 

Photo by Stephen Denton
Photo by Stephen Denton

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Before we tee off, let’s work out the kinks with some basic info.

  • The Open was founded in 1932 as the Arizona Open. The name changed to the Phoenix Open in 1935. It’s the fifth-oldest  tournament on the PGA Tour.
  • The tournament moved in 1987 to its current home, the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale.
  • Previously title-sponsored by brokerage firm FBR, the tournament has been affiliated with disposal and recycling firm WM since 2010. That sponsorship deal was recently extended through 2030.
  • Over five days in 2020, more than 700,000 ticketed visitors attended the Open, making it the most-attended golf tournament in the world.
  • According to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, the Open pumps more than $400 million into Arizona’s econony annually.
  • Defending champion Scottie Scheffler will attempt to become the sixth golfer to win consecutive Phoenix Open titles in 2023. The others were Ben Hogan (1946-1947), Jimmy Demaret (1949-1950), Arnold Palmer (1961-1963), Johnny Miller (1974-1975) and Hideki Matsuyama (2016-2017).
  • Two golfers share tournament record scores of -28: Mark Calcavecchia (2001) and Phil Mickelson (2013).

BONUS!

Looking for something to do after the tournament? Check out our North Scottsdale visitors’ guide.