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WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN SETS SINGLE-DAY ATTENDANCE RECORD – 179,022

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Saturday’s 3rd round attendance of 179,022 set an all-time single-day record in Waste Management Phoenix Open and professional golf history. With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, golf fans came out in droves to watch Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Padraig Harrington and others battle it out on the TPC Scottsdale.
The previous single-day attendance mark of 173,210 was set last year (2012) also during the 3rd round. Through six days of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 467,030 golf fans have come through the tournament gates. If at least 71,327 fans attend Sunday’s final round, the tournament will surpass the previous tournament-week record of 538,356 set in 2008.

At 179,022 the TPC Scottsdale was Arizona’s 8th most populated “city” on Saturday. And, close to 17,300 people larger than the city of Tempe (161,719).


The Waste Management Phoenix Open and host Thunderbirds have raised more than $80 million for local charities in the tournament’s 78 year history, with more than $50 million generated since 2004. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Field Finalized

Friday, February 1st, 2013

PHOENIX, Ariz. – 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink, 1997 PGA Championship winner and 2012 Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang are the final commitments to the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The final field includes 20 of the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking and 97 of the top-125 money leaders from the 2012 season have committed. There are 24 Major Championships represented in the field, including 9 PGA Championships, 8 Masters wins, three US Open championships and four British Open championships. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.2 million purse, the $1,116,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points.

Brandt Snedeker (8), Bubba Watson (9), Jason Dufner (11), Keegan Bradley (12), Nick Watney (21), Phil Mickelson (22), Van Pelt (24), Hunter Mahan (27) and Kaymer (28) are the highest ranked players on the Official World Golf Ranking in the field. Other top-ranked players include Carl Pettersson (32), Rickie Fowler (34), Nicolas Colsaerts (36), Bill Haas (37), Robert Garrigus (38), Jason Day (39), Scott Piercy (40), Ryan Moore (45), David Toms (46), David Lynn (49) and Padraig Harrington (50).

PGA TOUR members had until 5 p.m. today to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Non-committed players participating in the Farmers Insurance Open have a half-hour from the end of 2nd round play to commit. In addition, any previously uncommitted player placing in the top-10 at the Farmers Insurance Open also can commit to play Sunday evening. Three spots still remain available and will be determined through Monday qualifying at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.

Eight past tournament champions are currently in the field, including Kyle Stanley (2012), Mark Wilson (2011), Hunter Mahan (2010), J.B. Holmes (2006 & 2008), Aaron Baddeley (2007), Phil Mickelson (1996 & 2005) and Vijay Singh (1995 & 2003) and Jesper Parnevik (1998).

With the limited PGA TOUR season in 2013, the five exemptions, previously awarded by the tournament host Thunderbirds, will now come out of the Qualifying Tournament/Web.com Tour category.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 28 – February 3, 2013, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $80 million for charities, with more than $50 million generated since 2004. The 2013 edition will mark the 78th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Honored by PGA Tour

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — The Waste Management Phoenix Open (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Thursday, December 6.The Waste Management Phoenix Open earned an award for “Most Engaged Community” during the 2012 tournament at TPC Scottsdale.“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am pleased to acknowledge and congratulate the outstanding job and special recognition the Waste Management Phoenix Open has received for its efforts,” said Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR executive vice-president and chief of operations. “The Thunderbirds, the volunteer host organization of the tournament, should be extremely proud for being recognized as the best among their peers on the TOUR.”In addition to the tournament’s astounding number of spectators, the Waste Management Phoenix Open boasts other, equally impressive numbers. The TPC Scottsdale event utilizes more than 4,000 volunteers, maintains 20 social media outlets and claims nearly 13,000 “likes” on Facebook. More than 1,000 community leaders attend an annual luncheon hosted by the tournament, while dozens of area restaurants and local vendors played an integral role during tournament week this year.     

More than 100 of local charities benefit each year from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with more than $5 million in 2012 alone being provided to area charities. As an interesting side note, the tournament’s entire staff has, at one point, served on the board of directors for many of these area charities. To top it off, Governor Jan Brewer proclaimed Saturday of tournament week “Green-Out Day,” when nearly one-third of their record-setting crowd of more than 172,000 fans wore green in celebration of the event’s commitment to the environment.“We are thrilled that the Waste Management Phoenix Open has been awarded Most Engaged Community,” said Tom Altieri, 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament chairman. “For the last 78 years the Phoenix community has provided unwavering support of this PGA TOUR event. The Thunderbirds and Waste Management are proud to call Phoenix the home of The Greenest and Greatest Show on Grass.”The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, won this year by Kyle Stanley, will be held January 28 – February 3 at TPC Scottsdale.ABOUT PGA TOURThe PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 715 million households in 225 countries and territories in 29 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2011, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $121 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.7 billion. The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.CONTACTJoel Schuchmann, PGA TOUR, 904-280-4707, joelschuchmann@pgatourhq.com

GEORGE LOPEZ, IAN KENNEDY, KEN WHISENHUNT, EMMITT SMITH AND ALICE COOPER AMONG CELEBS IN WEDNESDAY’S SILVER PRO-AM

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Comedian George Lopez, Arizona Diamondbacks pitching ace Ian Kennedy, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, all-time NFL leading rusher Emmitt Smith, rock-n-roll legend Alice Cooper, Diamondbacks Broadcaster Mark Grace and ESPN’s Mark May are scheduled to play in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am, which tees off at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1st on the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. A regular on the PGA TOUR, Lopez will be making his fifth appearance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the industry today, selling out concert venues from coast-to-coast. He has crossed over into the acting industry, appearing in television programs and major motion pictures.  Alice Cooper, a rock singer, songwriter and broadcaster whose career spans more than four decades, is an avid-golfer who lives in Scottsdale and plays regularly at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course. Tee times for Wednesday’s FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am will be from 8:30 through 10:30 a.m. Exact tee times for participating celebrities will be announced on Tuesday, January 31st.  For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

PHOENIX SUNS CHARITIES SHOT AT GLORY PRESENTED BY SNELL & WILMER LLP RETURNS TO THE FAMED 16th HOLE

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Ever wonder what it would be like to hit a shot on the famed par-3, 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open? One lucky WM Phoenix Open fan and one lucky Phoenix Suns fan will get a chance along with a number of war heroes, celebrities and sponsors during the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory presented by Snell & Wilmer LLP on Wednesday, February 1st.  This unique closest-to-the-pin contest is a friendly competition featuring roughly 25 participants and will take place following the completion of the FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am at approximately 3:30 pm. The event is open to spectators – in fact Waste Management Phoenix Open fans are encouraged to stick around and cheer-on the participants.The Waste Management Phoenix Open fan participating in the Shot at Glory will be chosen randomly by tournament officials on the day of the event. The Phoenix Suns fan participating in the Shot at Glory will be chosen randomly from the team’s season ticketholders. The celebrity, Wounded Warrior and sponsor participants will be released at a later date.Past Shot at Glory winners include: New York Post sportswriter Mark Cannizzaro (2008), Tilted Kilt Executive John Reynaud (2009) and rock star Alice Cooper (2010). The 2011 Shot at Glory event was canceled due to frozen turf. Tournament host The Thunderbirds will award more than $100,000 to the charities chosen by each competitor. Plus, if a participant makes a hole-in-one, $1 million will be given away ($500,000 to the competitor, $500,000 to the charity of their choice) If no one makes a hole-in-one, $40,000 will be donated to the charity of the participant who is closest-to-the-pin, while $25,000 and $15,000 will be donated to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, respectively.  Each of the remaining participant’s charities will receive $1,000. www.wmphoenixopen.com

PHIL MICKELSON AND DUSTIN JOHNSON AMONG LATEST COMMITMENTS TO 2012 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN FIELD

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – 39-time PGA TOUR winner (including the 1995 & 2005 Phoenix Opens) Phil Mickelson and five-time PGA TOUR winner and 8th ranked player on the Official World Golf Rankings Dustin Johnson are among the latest commitments to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open.  The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played the week of January 30 – February 5 at the TPC Scottsdale. To date, four of the top six and 88 of the top 125 leading Money Winners from the 2011 PGA TOUR Season have committed to play in the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The field includes 16 of the top 30 from the 2011 FedEx Cup final standings. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.1 million purse, the $1,098,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points.Webb Simpson (No. 2), Nick Watney (No. 3), Dustin Johnson (No. 5) and Kuchar (No. 6) are the four leading Money Winners to commit. PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Eligible players are assigned one of 34 PGA TOUR priority ranking categories based on their past performance on TOUR. The field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the Open. Three-time Phoenix Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia, PGA TOUR rookie Harris English and 15-time PGA TOUR winner Fred Couples received the first three sponsor exemptions. The Thunderbirds have a total of five exemptions to give out to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The remaining two exemptions will be announced in the coming days leading up to the tournament. Other notables currently in the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open field include; 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard, 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, 2009 tournament champion Kenny Perry, two-time Phoenix Open Champion Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III as well as a host of 2011 first-time winners including Jhonattan Vegas, Scott Stallings, Brendon Steele, Bryce Molder, Chris Kirk, D.A. Points, Jacobson, Harrison Frazar, Kevin Na and Scott Piercy. A number of local golfers also have committed including Robert Garrigus, Ricky Barnes, Martin Laird, Billy Mayfair, Pat Perez, Chez Reavie, Mathew Goggin and Kevin Streelman.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $45 million generated since 2004. The 2012 edition will mark the 77th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). Title sponsor Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.

Alpha Field List
2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Blake Adams
Robert Allenby
Stephen Ames
Stuart Appleby
Arjun Atwal
Briny Baird
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Matt Bettencourt
Tommy Biershenk
Kris Blanks
Jonas Blixt
Jason Bohn
Scott Brown
Jonathan Byrd
Angel Cabrera
Mark Calcavecchia
Chad Campbell
Miguel Angel Carballo
Bud Cauley
Alex Cejka
Kevin Chappell
Gary Christian
Stewart Cink
Chad Collins
Chris Couch
Ben Crane
Brian Davis
Brendon de Jonge
Graham DeLaet
James Driscoll
Jason Dufner
Ken Duke

Harris English
Rickie Fowler
Harrison Frazar
Tommy Gainey
Stephen Gangluff
Robert Garrigus
Bobby Gates
Brian Gay
Tom Gillis
Lucas Glover
Mathew Goggin
Paul Goydos
Hunter Haas
Brian Harman
David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Charley Hoffman
J.B. Holmes
Charles Howell III
Ryuji Imada
Fredrik Jacobson
Brandt Jobe
Dustin Johnson
Sunghoon Kang
J.J. Killeen
Chris Kirk
Jason Kokrak
Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird
Derek Lamely
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Spencer Levin
Jamie Lovemark
Bill Lunde
Jarrod Lyle
Jeff Maggert
Steve Marino
David Mathis
Troy Matteson
Billy Mayfair
George McNeill
Rocco Mediate
Phil Mickelson
Bryce Molder
Ryan Moore
Kevin Na
Seung-yul Noh
Sean O’Hair
Nick O’Hern
Arron Oberholser
Joe Ogilvie
Jeff Overton
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
Pat Perez
Tom Pernice Jr.
Kenny Perry
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Ted Potter, Jr.
Chez Reavie
John Rollins
Andres Romero
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings
Jon Stanley
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Kevin Sutherland
Vaughn Taylor
Josh Teater
Michael Thompson
Brendon Todd
D.J. Trahan
Cameron Tringale
Jhonattan Vegas
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Charlie Wi
Mark Wilson
Gary Woodland

2012 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN FIELD BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Defending tournament champion Mark Wilson, Rickie Fowler and three-time PGA TOUR winner and Scottsdale resident Bubba Watson are among the first commitments to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open.  The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played the week of January 30 – February 5 at the TPC Scottsdale. To date, 11 of the top-30 and 75 of the top-125 money leaders from the 2011 season have committed.  A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.1 million purse, the $1,098,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points.Webb Simpson (No. 10), Nick Watney (No. 12), Watson (No. 21), Sang-Moon Bae (No. 30) and Fowler (No. 32) are the highest ranked players on the Official World Golf Ranking currently in the field.  Other top-ranked players who have committed include Jason Dufner (No. 33), Brandt Snedeker (No. 38), Fredrik Jacobson, (No. 40), Martin Laird (No. 47), Ben Crane (No. 54) and Jonathan Byrd (No. 65).PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. 

Eligible players are assigned one of 34 PGA TOUR priority ranking categories based on their past performance on TOUR. The field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the Open. Three-time Phoenix Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia is also in the field thanks to a sponsor exemption. The Thunderbirds have a total of five exemptions to give out to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The remaining four exemptions will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the tournament. Other notables to commit include 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard, 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, 2009 tournament champion Kenny Perry, two-time Phoenix Open Champion Vijay Singh, as well as a host of 2011 first-time winners including Jhonattan Vegas, Scott Stallings, Brendon Steele, Bryce Molder, Chris Kirk, D.A. Points, Jacobson, Harrison Frazar, Kevin Na and Scott Piercy. A number of local golfers also have committed including Ricky Barnes, Laird, Billy Mayfair, Pat Perez, Chez Reavie, Mathew Goggin and Kevin Streelman.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $45 million generated since 2004. The 2012 edition will mark the 77th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). Title sponsor Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

Alpha Field List
2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Blake Adams
Robert Allenby
Stephen Ames
Stuart Appleby
Arjun Atwal
Sang-Moon Bae
Briny Baird
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Charlie Beljan
Matt Bettencourt
Tommy Biershenk
Kris Blanks
Jonas Blixt
Jason Bohn
Scott Brown
Jonathan Byrd
Angel Cabrera
Mark Calcavecchia
Miguel Angel Carballo
Roberto Castro
Bud Cauley
Alex Cejka
Kevin Chappell
Gary Christian
Stewart Cink
Gavin Coles
Chad Collins
Chris Couch
Ben Crane
Brian Davis
Marco Dawson
Brendon de Jonge

Jason Dufner
Ken Duke
Harris English
Matt Every
Rickie Fowler
Harrison Frazar
Tommy Gainey
Stephen Gangluff
Bobby Gates
Brian Gay
Tom Gillis
Lucas Glover
Mathew Goggin
Hunter Haas
Brian Harman
David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Charley Hoffman
Ryuji Imada
Fredrik Jacobson
Sunghoon Kang
Troy Kelly
J.J. Killeen
Chris Kirk
Kevin Kisner
Russell Knox
Jason Kokrak
Martin Laird
Derek Lamely
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Spencer Levin
Jamie Lovemark
Bill Lunde
Jarrod Lyle
Jeff Maggert
John Mallinger
Steve Marino
David Mathis
Troy Matteson
Billy Mayfair
William McGirt
George McNeill
Rocco Mediate
Bryce Molder
Kevin Na
Seung-yul Noh
Sean O’Hair
Nick O’Hern
Arron Oberholser
Joe Ogilvie
Jeff Overton
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
Pat Perez
Tom Pernice Jr.
Kenny Perry
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Ted Potter, Jr.
Chez Reavie
Kyle Reifers
John Rollins
Andres Romero
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Kevin Sutherland
Vaughn Taylor
Josh Teater
Kyle Thompson
Michael Thompson
Brendon Todd
Cameron Tringale
Jhonattan Vegas
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Charlie Wi
Mark Wilson

GOO GOO DOLLS & WILL.i.AM OF THE BLACK EYED PEAS

Thursday, December 29th, 2011


Scottsdale, Ariz. –
Grammy-award winning artists the Goo Goo Dolls and Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who will be performing a special DJ set, will headline this year’s entertainment line-up at the 2012 Coors Light Birds Nest during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, February 1 – 4. Legendary American rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will amaze the crowd with their unprecedented thirteen No. 1 and Top Ten multi-format hit singles including “Black Balloon,” “Name,” “Slide,” “Stay With You,” and “Sympathy” as they take the stage at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.  One of the band’s more recent hit singles “Better Days” was adopted by CNN as a music bed anthem of sorts for the news channel’s Hurricane Katrina recovery coverage due to its uplifting lyrical spirit. The Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than ten million albums worldwide, and in 2011 the band’s commercially successful 1998 single “Iris” hit the No. 1 spot in the Top 40 in the UK 13 years after its initial success, demonstrating their ongoing international popularity. More recently, they released their single “All That You Are” for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack earlier this year and are currently busy recording their next album.
Performing a special DJ set, Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, which has sold an estimated 56 million records worldwide, will hit the stage Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.  Widely regarded as one of music’s top producers, Will.i.am has collaborated with artists such as Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and many more.  Just last month he released his first single “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger off of his untitled electro album, which will be released at a later date.  Making his third consecutive appearance at the Birds Nest, national recording artist Kelley James will open Thursday evening at 6 p.m. James’ music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics, and freestyle flows. Earlier this year he joined O.A.R. on their 31-city summer tour and released his latest EP, “The Recent Future” in June 2011, which carefully infuses pop melodies with laid-back hip-hop flows. Flashback Heart Attack, an 80s cover band from Southern California known for their twists on classic 80s hits by Billy Idol, Rick Springfield and other superstars of the decade, will close out the Birds Nest entertainment line-up on Saturday, Feb. 4.  Also, back again for a third straight year and performing nightly will be the world’s No. 1 Video DJ - Roonie G. Roonie G. is best known for his unique creative blends of audio and visual content encompassing popular music videos, iconic film footage, custom graphics and comedy shorts, delivering multi-sensory stimulation.   The main act for Wednesday, February 1st will be announced at a later date. Birds Nest tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlet locations).  General admission tickets for Wednesday are $25.   General admission for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are $30 in advance, $35 day of. VIP tickets are also available for $150, which provides exclusive access to the Absolut Vodka VIP area.  VIP guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner provided by Tom’s Tavern, complimentary drinks and access to a premium viewing area for the show.The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road.  The entertainment venue opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday, February 1 – Saturday, February 4. Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 8 p.m. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a 21-and-over venue. The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012 at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host, The Thunderbirds, have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $48 million generated in the last decade. For information about the 2012 Coors Light Birds Nest, visit www.coorslightbirdsnest.com

THUNDERBIRDS HONOR JACK NICKLAUS

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Phoenix, Ariz. – Golf Legend and 1964 Phoenix Open Champion Jack Nicklaus has six Green Jackets from The Masters, five PGA Championship Wannamaker trophies, four US Open trophies, three British Open Claret Jugs, but until today, he didn’t have a Blue Velvet Tunic and Silver Concho from The Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open since 1934, honored the Golden Bear by making him an honorary Thunderbird prior to today’s 2012 Tee Off Luncheon at The Phoenician Resort. With the addition of Nicklaus there are a total of 31 honorary Thunderbirds, including former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, singer Bing Crosby, entertainer Bob Hope, former City of Phoenix Mayor Margaret Hance, golf legend Arnold Palmer and PING Golf founder Karsten Solheim.  No name is more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than the name Jack Nicklaus, and no single person has changed the face of the sport more than Jack Nicklaus – the player, the designer, the philanthropist, and the good-will ambassador. Jack, 70, has been named “Golfer of the Century” or “Golfer of the Millennium” by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was also named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN. Winner of the 1964 Phoenix Open held at Phoenix Country Club, Nicklaus played in five Phoenix Opens (1962-65 and 1986) and has four top-10 finishes.

Thunderbird membership is limited to 55 Active members. Each has demonstrated a sincere interest in sports and a dedication to community affairs. All Thunderbird activities and events are the prime responsibility of these Active Thunderbirds and are under the watchful eye of the Big Chief and Thunderbird Council. When a Thunderbird reaches the age of 45, their status changes from Active to that of Life Member. Although they are relieved of continuous duties, it is not unusual to see a Life Thunderbird lending a helping hand at The Waste Management Phoenix Open or one of the many other Thunderbird-sponsored events. There are over 300 members comprising The Thunderbirds organization. To date, the Thunderbirds civic organization have given more than $75 million dollars to local charities, including more than $48 in the last decade alone.

The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from January 30th to February 5th, 2012. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. The 2012 edition will mark the 77th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the third as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open Raises Over $4 Million

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

2011 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX Open
and THE Thunderbirds Raise $
4,041,287 For LOCAL Charities

PHOENIX,Ariz. – Waste Management Phoenix Open hosts, The Thunderbirds, will distribute $4,041,287 to local charities through proceeds raised from the 2011 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Mike McQuaid announced today.    Since October 2003 when the tournament first brought on a title sponsor, The Thunderbirds and the Open have raised more than $46.4 million for charities ($46,400,023). In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised more than $74.4 million for charities inArizona. 

“Given the cold weather challenges we had during the 2011 tournament, which held our total attendance numbers down, we are ecstatic to contribute more than $4 million to local charities through proceeds raised from the Waste Management Phoenix Open,” said McQuaid. “We can’t thank the community and our sponsors enough for their outstanding support of this tournament. The Thunderbirds offer special thanks to Waste Management, Xerox, i/o, Avnet and hundreds of other companies for their unwavering support of the Open and our community.”   

“Our commitment as title sponsor of the Phoenix Open solidifies our dedication to this partnership and further elevates our environmental efforts for the PGA TOUR as well as our employees and customers in the state of Arizona,” said Waste Management Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Aardsma.    

The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from January 30th to February 5th, 2012. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. The 2012 edition will mark the 77th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the third as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.  The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, call the Thunderbirds office at (602) 870-0163 or visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.