The field includes eight players who have combined to win 17 Major championships including Lucas Glover (1), Retief Goosen (2), Zach Johnson (2), Phil Mickelson (5), Webb Simpson (1), Jordan Spieth (3), Justin Thomas (1) and Bubba Watson (2).
The 2018 field also has five former WM Phoenix Open champions including Matsuyama (2016, 2017), Mickelson (1996, 2005 and 2013) and Aaron Baddeley (2007), J.B. Holmes (2006, 2008) and Kyle Stanley (2012).
Kuchar is a seven-time winner on the PGA TOUR with victories in five of the last eight seasons including the 2012 PLAYERS Championship. He represented the United States on four winning Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016), four Presidents Cup teams (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and took home the Bronze Medal during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Marc Leishman jumped onto the PGA TOUR circuit in 2009 in which a second-place finish at the BMW Championship and two additional top-10s and eight top-25s was good enough to win PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. Last year was Leishman’s best to date with two wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the BMW Championship on his way to a sixth-place finish in FedExCup standings.
Haas has accumulated six PGA TOUR wins in his 14-year professional career including the 2013 AT&T National, the 2015 Humana Challenge and the 2011 TOUR Championship. Haas was also a member of the victorious United States Presidents Cup teams in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Non-committed players participating in the Farmers Insurance Open have a half-hour from the end of second round play to commit. In addition, any previously uncommitted players placing in the Top-10 at the Farmers Insurance Open also can commit to play Sunday evening.
The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community will be held at TPC Scottsdale January 29 – February 4, 2018. “The People’s 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 2017 tournament broke four attendance records, including a PGA TOUR record 655,434 fans for the week. The 2018 edition will mark the 83rd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the ninth 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. In 2017 The Thunderbirds raised a record $10.1 million for charity from proceeds from last year’s tournament and have eclipsed $122 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932. For more information on The Thunderbirds, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.