The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the first PGA golf events of the calendar year. It was known as the FBR Open from 2004 through 2009, and prior to 2004 it was called The Phoenix Open.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best attended golf tournaments in the world every year. Last year attendance suffered due to cold weather. Morning frost delays pushed the final day to Monday. Typically, nearly half a million spectators attend this event. Attendance in 2012 was estimated to be over 500,000. Saturday's attendance alone was over 173,000, a record.
Because of the layout of the course and the parking, this event never sells out. Everyone who wants to attend can go. Why is it so popular? Could it be because of the location in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona? Could it be because the weather is usually wonderful and sunny? Could it be because the best golfers in the world come to play in this prestigious event? The answers are yes, yes, and yes.
2012 Phoenix Open ResultsIn 2012 Kyle Stanley shot 15 under and took home the Champions Trophy and just over $1 million.
Just in case you were wondering, local favorite Phil Mickelson finished tied for 26th place.
2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open DatesMonday, January 28 through Sunday, February 3, 2013. Here is the schedule of events for the entire tournament.
What's New in 2013?
- For the first time at any PGA TOUR event, the entire course will be a giant hot spot with free wi-fi. This will be especially useful for attendees who want to download the official free WM Phoenix Open App. I used it in 2012 to keep up with the Leaderboard, but there are also other useful features, like a GPS car finder so you can easily locate your car at the end of the day.
- Waste Management announced the "Zero Waste Challenge". They will be reducing the amount of information distributed by paper at the tournament (brochures, guides, programs, etc) and transferring it to mobile/digital form. That's another reason to download the free app mentioned above.
- All active, reserve and military retirees and one accompanied guest will be admitted free of charge, every day at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Eligible personnel must present their official military ID or badge at any ticket booth at the main tournament entrance. Tickets are limited to two per day, per each official military ID.
- Once in the tournament, all active, reserve and military retirees and their guests are invited to visit the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost located near the 18th tee box.
Page 1: Phoenix Open Schedule
Page 2: About TPC Scottsdale
Page 3: The Thunderbirds
Page 4: Hotels, Tickets, Parking
Page 5: Birds Nest
More event details, information and tips -- Your Guide to the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale.
All event information, prices and times subject to change without notice.