A Message from the Waste Management Phoenix Open

A Message from the Waste Management Phoenix Open

To our Waste Management Phoenix Open Community:

First and foremost, we hope this finds you and your family healthy and safe as we all navigate these difficult and unprecedented times. On behalf of The Thunderbirds, please accept our sincere thank you for your support of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. We truly recognize that our fans, sponsors, and volunteers make the WM Phoenix Open “The People’s Open"!

Sunday, February 2, feels like a distant memory. We just completed the 85th edition of the WM Phoenix Open and proudly crowned Webb Simpson as our 2020 Champion. During the tournament week, we announced that the WM Phoenix Open had eclipsed $160 million in legacy charitable giving, and that a record $14 million was raised from this year alone. These funds stay in Arizona to support the community that make the WM Phoenix Open what it is today.

Now more than ever, The Thunderbirds are focused on the future and our community. On March 19, the Thunderbird Council approved a $1 million Emergency Fund to support local community organizations that have been hit hard in these times. This Emergency Fund is in addition to the $14

million that will be distributed by Thunderbirds Charities in our community.

In an effort to stay connected during these times, we have launched a social media campaign– “In the Community Conversations” – to showcase our various charity partners that continue their great work in Arizona. Our goal is to highlight those organizations' specific areas of need and then share how our community can directly assist with fulfilling those needs. Please follow the links below to learn more about this campaign.

The Thunderbirds were founded upon the basic principles of promoting the Valley of the Sun though sports and assisting our community through charitable giving. We are honored to host the Waste Management Phoenix Open and extremely proud of our legacy of giving since 1937. We are grateful for our fans, sponsors, volunteers, vendors and of course the PGA TOUR players that make up our field. Please know we will continue to manage these times in the interest of giving back to the community that has put us at the peak of the PGA TOUR.

Thank you for your time and above all else, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to give back through your commitment to “The People's Open."


Director of Golf Leo Simonetta with a Springtime update on The Wigwam.