SURPRISE, Ariz. – Following the overwhelming success of The Patriot All-America Invitational, organizers have implemented a second tournament to the Patriot lineup named The Thunderbolt, which will feature 72 more of the nation’s top male collegiate players competing in a three-round event from December 29-31, 2022, at Sterling Grove Golf + Country Club in Surprise, Ariz.
“With the depth of talent in college and amateur golf, it is more and more difficult to receive invitations to elite tournaments,” said Dustin Roberts, Chief Operating Officer of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). “The Thunderbolt allows those individuals that are just missing out on those invitations an opportunity to compete against quality competition and raise their rankings and profiles. We are proud that the top three returning finishes in the 2022 Thunderbolt will receive invitations to the 2023 Patriot All-America Invitational, providing a path to elite tournament play.”
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The Thunderbirds – hosts of the WM Phoenix Open Presented by Taylor Morrison – announced the return of the Concert in the Coliseum presented by Swire Coca- Cola as GRAMMY award winning rock/pop band Maroon 5 and popular singer/songwriter Walker Hayes are set to perform live from the iconic 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday, Feb. 4, prior to WM Phoenix Open week, which will take place Feb. 6-12. This is the second year The Thunderbirds have hosted this unique concert inside one of sport’s most famous settings; last year Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion performed at the first ever Concert in the Coliseum.
General admission tickets for this special kickoff to WM Phoenix Open week will go on sale Friday, December 2nd at 10 a.m. at www.WMPhoenixOpen.com. The Concert in the Coliseum presented by Swire Coca-Cola is a 21-and-over event.
Walker Hayes will get the show rolling at approximately 5 p.m., while Maroon 5 will take the stage at approximately 7 p.m. The concert will once again take place on a massive stage that will be built in the middle of the 16th hole strictly for this special Saturday night show. Doors for this concert will open at 3:30 p.m.
With the dramatic finish at Boston in the rearview mirror, players and teams shifted their focus to the next event on the calendar: Chicago. The newcomers looked to build some momentum off of their debuts, including three players (Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann, and Anirban Lahiri) placing in the top 5. To claim LIV Golf glory, they had to go through reigning champion Dustin Johnson who was not looking to give up his crown so easily.
Throughout this year, GolfWRX.com has been hard at work on the Equipment Report, keeping PGATOUR.com readers informed on the latest equipment releases, player staff deals, “What’s in the Bag?” (WITB) changes, custom Tour designs, and the stories behind them all.
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