PGATourBrunch (R-1) WM Phoenix Open
@PGATourBrunch Previews Opening Round of Waste Management Phoenix Open
Tournament Notes & Quotes:
Webb Simpson returns to TPC Scottsdale attempting to become the third player since 1970 to successfully defend the Waste Management Phoenix Open title. In 2020, defeated Tony Finau on the first playoff hole with a 10’5” birdie putt for his sixth career PGA Tour victory after forcing a playoff with closing birdies on the 17th and 18th hole.
The World No. 2, Rory McIlroy, is making his first appearance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He is coming off his (T-16) finish at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla.
Two-time champion Hideki Matsuyama is making his seventh start in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He’s played even-par or better in 24 of 25 career rounds at TPC Scottsdale with the only round over par a (74). R2/2020/T-16.
World No. 2 and proud son of local Arizona State, Jon Rahm, has finished no worse than (T-16) in five prior starts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open; (T5) in 2015/as Amateur, T-16/2017, T-11/2018, T-10/2019, T-9/2020.
Scott Piercy opened 2021 with missed cuts at the SONY Waialae and The AmEx at PGA WEST, but has withdrawn early from each of the last two events and now here at TPC Scottsdale.
Be sure to take full advantage of our SUPER DISCOUNT which ends this weekend.
THIS WEEK on the PGA TOUR: Waste Management Phoenix Open
COURSE: TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona (link)
ARCHITECTS: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish
YARDS/PAR: 7,261 yards/Par 71
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $7,300,000/$1,314,000
DEFENDING Champion: Webb Simpson (2020 Leaderboard link)
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS of Event: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points/Winner Share for points: 2,989/500
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedEXCup @WMPhoenixOpen #ThePeoplesOpen
TV COVERAGE: Thursday, February 4-and-Friday, February 5: 3:00pm to 7:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel. Saturday, February 6: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on NBC. Sunday, February 7: 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00pm to 6:30pm (ET) on NBC.
STREAMING: Peacock will offer its first broadcasts of NBC Sports Edge Betcast this weekend. On Thursday and Friday: 3:45pm to 6:15pm (ET); Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm to 4:30pm (ET); PGA Tour Live will offer streaming coverage of Featured Groups on Thursday and Friday from 9:15am to 7:00pm (ET) and 11:00am to 3:00pm (ET on Saturday and Sunday. Featured Holes will be streamed Saturday and Sunday only from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (ET). Got it all?
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Thursday, February 4 - Friday, February 5 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm (ET); Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7: 1:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92) or online on PGATour.com).
PGA TOUR TOURNAMENT SITE (link)
What They’re Saying:
Monday Qualifiers (PGATourCom)
Rahm Sets Sights on Winning “Home” Game (AZ Central)
Reed, Schauffele Clear the Air (ESPN)
Augusta National Helping with Vaccinations (ESPN)
Top 10 Shots of All-Time @WMPhoenixOpen
Last Minute Odds, Fantasy and Gambling TidBits:
Insights into the Short Hitters This Week (Golf Digest)
Surprising Predictions on @WMPhoenixOpen from (CBS Sports)
Draft Kings Preview (DK Nation)
On This Day in Golf History:
February 4, 1968 - Arnold Palmer won his 53rd career PGA Tour title at the Bob Hope Desert Classic beating former U.S. and British amateur champion Deane Beman on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. Palmer would go on to win the tournament two more times, in 1971 and ‘73. (Courtesy of Randy Walker), Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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