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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Former PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger, two-time WM Phoenix Open champion J.B. Holmes, 2012 WM Phoenix Open champion Kyle Stanley and four-time PGA TOUR winner Patrick Reed are among the latest players to commit to the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, set to tee it up January 29-February 4 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.9 million purse, the $1,242,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back two former champions, a Ryder Cup star and one of the best up-and-coming players on the PGA TOUR,” said Tournament Chairman Carlos Sugich. “Nearly half of the top 50 golfers in the world are coming to our event. That’s really special, and something we’re very proud of.”

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – GRAMMY-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Nelly has been added to the final night of the Coors Light Birds Nest, rounding out the star-studded lineup for the popular entertainment venue at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community.

Nelly will headline with Zedd to close out the Coors Light Birds Nest on Saturday, Feb. 3. With the addition of Nelly, the Coors Light Birds Nest lineup is now set. Flo Rida and Kelley James will kick things off on Wednesday, Jan. 31; Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane (Presented by Ford) take to the stage on Thursday, Feb. 1 (SOLD OUT); OneRepublic and Natty Rico (Presented by Hakkasan Nightclub) will perform on Friday, Feb. 2; while D.J. Vice will open for Zedd and Nelly (Presented by OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas) on Sat., Feb. 3.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen, two-time Major winner Zach Johnson and 2017 WM Phoenix Open runner up and 2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson are among the latest players to commit to the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, set to tee it up January 29-February 4 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.9 million purse, the $1,242,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.

Additionally, former WM Phoenix Open champion Aaron Baddeley (2007) has committed to play.

“The field is beginning to take shape as we get into the weeks leading up to the tournament, and it looks to be one of our strongest ever,” said Tournament Chairman Carlos Sugich.

The 2018 field now includes 19 of the Top-50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings.  Jordan Spieth (2) is the highest-ranked player currently in the field, which features four of the Top-5, six of the Top-10 and 10 of the Top-25 in the OWGR.  Other ranked players in the field include Jon Rahm (3), Justin Thomas (4), Hideki Matsuyama (5), Rickie Fowler (7), Brooks Koepka (8), Alex Noren (19), Francesco Molinari (21), Charley Hoffman (22), Oosthuizen (24), Xander Schauffele (26), Kevin Chappell (32), Si-Woo Kim (37), Phil Mickelson (40), Tony Finau (43), Simpson (44), Steele (45), Russell Henley (46) and Zach Johnson (50).

Jesse Mueller, 34, PGA Director of Golf at Grand Canyon University G.C, captured the 60th PING Southwest PGA Championship held at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. His 54-hole total of 201 (-15) was two strokes better than runner-up Dennis Downs, 35, PGA Director of Instruction at Reid/West Golf Academies (Pebble Creek). The victory is Mueller's first Southwest PGA major title. With the win, he earned an exemption into the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, scheduled to take place February 1-4 at TPC Scottsdale (Ariz.).

The latest survey found both golfers and non-golfers have an increased interest in traditional golf after playing Topgolf

DALLAS, Jan. 18, 2018 -- Non-golfers are taking a swing at the game and experienced golfers are playing more often after visiting global sports entertainment leader Topgolf®, according to a survey recently conducted for Topgolf by the National Golf Foundation.

The NGF research offered a look at two types of Topgolf guests: those who play traditional on-course golf (golfers) and those who don't (non-golfers). The survey found that, among Topgolf guests, 29 percent of golfers say that playing Topgolf leads them to play more traditional golf. Almost a quarter of golfers, 23 percent, follow the sport more closely as a result of playing Topgolf. More than half of the non-golfers surveyed, 53 percent, say that playing Topgolf has positively influenced their interest in playing traditional golf.

"It's very exciting to have once again verified that Topgolf increases non-golfers' interest in playing golf on a green grass course. Topgolf's success is proof that interest in the traditional game is massive, and Topgolf is an approachable place where golf's 'latent demand' activates that interest," said Greg Nathan, NGF's chief business officer. "The golf industry is incredibly fortunate to have Topgolf and other approachable off-course options as a bridge to help turn non-golfers into passionate golfers."

Technical Editor Joel Tadman gives three of the new Callaway Rogue Irons - the Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X - a thorough test at West Hill Golf Club and with the help of GC2 data delivers his verdict.

With the caliber of play out there, pars -- with few exceptions -- just aren't going to get the job done.

That makes it incredibly fun for fans because, for the most part, players have the green light to go at the flags.

That got us wondering: What's the record for most birdies made in a 72-hole PGA Tour event?

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One of the greatest things about golf is that you can play the game your whole life. Being able to start the game at a young age can be a big advantage.

How many times have you heard adults say, “I wish I would have started at his age”.

Learning the game of golf at a young age is obviously a good thing and learning to play good golf at a young age is even better. The question for many parents is whether their child is just an average player or do they have some potential within the sport. With other sports, such as soccer or baseball, spotting a good player is easy. With golf is can be a bit tougher, especially if the parents aren’t golfers themselves.

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