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Wyndham Clark Leads After First Round, Flirts with Course Record

Mother Nature greeted the first round of the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open with warm and open arms. Spectacular weather accompanied outstanding play from a number of the PGA TOUR’s best, but none better than Wyndham Clark who nearly tied the TPC Scottsdale course record with a 10-under-par 61. Birdies seemed to come in bunches for Clark who twice strung a trio together – once on the back and once on the front – for one shot off the pace of Phil Mickelson (2005, 2013) and Mark Caclavecchia’s (2001) rounds of 60. Former FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel is two shots off the pace at 8-under par and two-time WM Phoenix Open champion J.B. Holmes – who carded an ace on No. 4 today – is well within reach of the leader at 7-under par.

Four players are tied at 6-under including one of The Thunderbirds five sponsor exemptions, Harris English, and five players are tied at 5-under par making the 2020 WM Phoenix Open still anyone’s game with three rounds to play.

Pairings will be the same for Friday’s round with tee times starting at 7:20 a.m. Those who started on No. 1 tee will start on No. 10 tee and vice versa. Click the button below to see the full list of pairings.

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From Olympians to World Series Champions and even Fortune 500 CEOs, the 2020 Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open brought some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment to TPC Scottsdale on Wednesday. The combined group of PGA TOUR professionals Jon Rahm and Adam Hadwin – also playing with Michael Phelps – took top honors this year shooting a 17-under-par 54, one shot better than Andrew Putnam and Wyndham Clark.

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In a touching reunion, 2018 WM Phoenix Open champion and 2019 U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland met once again with national hero Amy Bockerstette at the 16th hole for the second year in a row. In a touching display, Amy walked out to a surprised crowd of more than 12,000 people cheering and wearing shirts adorned with her family charity, the I GOT THIS Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the game of golf with those with intellectual disabilities.

2020 Annexus Pro-Am Pairings Announced

The ever-popular Annexus Pro-Am pairings have been announced! Plan your day accordingly to see your favorite celebrities, rock stars and professional athletes tee it up with the PGA TOUR’s best.

Golden Tate and Reggie Bush kick things off alongside Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson at 8:30 a.m. on 1 and 10 tee respectively. Arizona Cardinals legendary receiver Larry Fitzgerald tees off on No. 1 at 9:50 playing with 2019 champion Rickie Fowler. Friday night Coors Light Birds Nest headliner Dierks Bentley tees off on No. 1 tee at 10:30 with Xander Schauffele. And to put a bow on the “celebrity Pro-Am”, Arizona Coyotes forever captain Shane Doan and Arizona Diamondbacks flamethrower Archie Bradley will tee off on No. 10 tee with two-time WM Phoenix Open champion Hideki Matsuyama at 10:10.

Click here to see the full pairings and tee times for the 2020 Annexus Pro-Am.

In this video, Neil Tappin is joined by PGA Pro and YouTuber Alex Elliott. They discuss the 7 ways to play better golf without changing your swing. These are all the things you can do that will make a big difference out on the course and in practice. You needn't make any major technical swing changes to play better, instead a smarter all-round approach could help improve your handicap far quicker. Try putting some of Alex's ideas into play and you should notice an improvement! 

Coors Light Pro-Am Gets Things Started at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Day one of the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open is in the books.

Monday’s Coors Light Pro-Am featured a host of PGA TOUR professionals getting their practice rounds in alongside community leaders and VIPs during a sunny Monday afternoon.

Curt Byrum’s group took top honors with a score of 52. Colt Knost’s team came in second four shots off the leader at 56, and Russell Henley’s fourball took third at 57.

You can find full 2020 Coors Light Pro-Am results here.

In this video, Neil Tappin takes a look through the 7 best golf innovations of the last decade - he casts his eye over the most influential trends in golf club design and technological evolution. What has made the biggest difference to the game's of everyday golfers? In this video you will see just how far we have come over the last 10 years and might even get an insight into what to expect in the next 10!

Tournament Chairman Tim Woods announced that Arizona Coyotes legendary winger Shane Doan has accepted an invitation to play in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. The surprise announcement and invitation was made to Doan during the first intermission at the Coyotes – Flyers game on Saturday night (January 4), with the help of friend and former teammate Paul Bissonnette.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have one of the Valley’s biggest sports stars and local celebrities play in one of our most exciting events of the week,” Woods said. “Shane is a great friend of the tournament and an all-around incredible person, and it was great to poke a little fun and surprise him in front of all the Coyotes fans. We’re looking forward to seeing him tee it up and especially anxious to watch him at the 16th hole in front of 16,000 energetic fans.”

Doan spent the entirety of his NHL career with the Arizona Coyotes – coming over with the club when they moved from Winnipeg – playing 21 seasons. Doan led the Coyotes in scoring from 2003-2011 and was the longest serving NHL captain until his retirement in the summer of 2017. Internationally, Doan won two gold medals and three silvers at the World Championships, as well as one World Cup championship in 2004. He was also a member of Canada’s 2006 Winter Olympic team. The Arizona Coyotes retired Doan’s number (19) in 2018.

At the start of 2019 we saw major changes to the rules of golf. In a bid to make the game as accessible as possible to new players and speed up the overall time it takes to play, a raft of major changes came into play at the start of 2019 that would affect professionals and amateurs alike. The dust has now settled after a year of the new rules of golf and this has given way to a run of frequently asked questions about certain areas. In this video Neil Tappin and Jezz Ellwood answer some of your questions related to the new rules - they run through what you are and are not allowed to do in certain situations to help you navigate what is often a confusing and potentially damaging area of the game!