The Waste Management Phoenix Open, which attracts the greatest crowds on the PGA Tour every year, has earned legendary status for being unlike any other golf tournament on the circuit. Here are some fun facts to know when tuning in this week…
7. The Arizona Open, which was the first edition of the Open, was established in 1932. In 1935, the name of the tournament was changed to the Phoenix Open. It is the fifth-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour and the fifth-oldest in the world.
6. The event relocated to its current location in 1987, when it was held on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale.
5. From 2010 to now, the tournament has been linked with Waste Management, which was previously the title sponsor, brokerage firm FBR. The sponsorship agreement will expire in 2025.
4. More than 700,000 paid visitors attended the Open over the course of five days in 2020, making it the most-attended golf tournament in the world at the time.
3. According to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, the Open generates around $400 million in economic activity in the state each year.
2. This year’s champion Brooks Koepka will try to become the sixth golfer to win consecutive Phoenix Open championships when the tournament returns in 2022. The others were Ben Hogan (1946-1947), Jimmy Demaret (1949-1950), Arnold Palmer (1961-1963), Johnny Miller (1974-1975) and Hideki Matsuyama (2016-2017).
1. Golfers Mark Calcavecchia (2001) and Phil Mickelson (2013) both set tournament records with rounds of -28 in 2001 and 2013.
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