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The 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open is just 50 days away, but construction started nearly two months ago. It takes construction crews months of ‘round-the-clock’ work to build the “city” at TPC Scottsdale for The People’s Open. Things are looking good as we gear up for the next edition of the WM Phoenix Open.

For more than 34 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona has provided a “home-away-from-home” for families traveling to the Valley for medical care for their children. Thunderbird Charities, the giving arm of The Thunderbirds who host the Waste Management Phoenix Open, has been a charitable partner of Ronald McDonald House Charities for years.

“Its thunderbirds charities substantial contribution to our capital campaign that’s helped us move our mission forward and enabled us to help more families. And for that we’re very thankful,” said Scott Harris, board chair, RMHC of Central and Northern Arizona. “When you see thousands of people at the Phoenix Open each year, it’s easy to forget Thunderbirds Charities is there to raise money for dozens of non-profits in our community.”

Grants from Thunderbirds Charities allows Ronald McDonald House Charities to provide assistance for families to make them comfortable while the children are being taken care of and help those families in need and to make them comfortable in a very uncomfortable situation.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Repeats as PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – The Waste Management Phoenix Open (Scottsdale, Arizona) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on November 20.

For the second consecutive season, the Waste Management Phoenix Open was named the PGA TOUR “Tournament of the Year,” marking the fourth time (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) in the last six years the event has taken top honors. The Phoenix-area tournament also won the “Best Integrated Marketing” award for its engaging and creative year-round integrated marketing plan.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am thrilled to congratulate the Waste Management Phoenix Open on once again being named the ‘Tournament of the Year,’” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “The Thunderbirds and title sponsor Waste Management continue to reach new heights each year with an unparalleled fan experience, seamless title sponsor integration and record charitable impact, all while continuing their mission as a zero-waste event.”

The 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, won by Rickie Fowler, continued to reach new levels with its fan experience, marketing and social media strategy, and charitable impact. In recent years, the tournament has enhanced the overall experience for general admission holders, adding and expanding public venues along the closing stretch of holes at TPC Scottsdale, beginning with its famous coliseum-style 16th hole. As part of a sold-out, four-night concert series, more than 38,000 fans enjoyed 11 musical acts, with headliners including Old Dominion, Jake Owen, The Chainsmokers and Snoop Dogg.

Working closely with the PGA TOUR, Skratch and Golf Channel, the tournament reached new audiences with engaging content through the “Legends of the Green” campaign, celebrity influencers and an unforgettable moment shared between 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland and Special Olympics golfer Amy Bockerstette. More than 50 million people have since watched Amy, who has Down Syndrome, sink a par putt on the 16th hole during a practice round with Woodland, making it one of the most viewed Facebook videos in PGA TOUR history. The moment has been covered by all major sports and news outlets, and garnered new attention when Woodland won the 2019 U.S. Open and reunited with Amy on the TODAY Show.

The Complete 2020 Coors Light Birds Nest Lineup

The 2020 Coors Light Birds Nest lineup is set as the headliners for all four nights have been secured. Things get started with Miranda Lambert and Cody Johnson taking the stage on Wednesday, Jan. 29, G-Eazy with special guest on Thursday, Jan. 30, Dierks Bentley making a return to the Coors Light Birds Nest on Friday, Jan. 31 with Austin Burke, and KYGO with special guest closing things out on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Coors Light Birds Nest general admission tickets will start at $75, while VIP tickets are available starting at $285 each and provide exclusive access to the Jameson VIP area where guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner, complimentary drinks and access to a newly redesigned premium viewing area for the shows.

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The 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open is now less than 100 days away, but there is already plenty of buzz at TPC Scottsdale to prepare for the 85th edition of “The People’s Open.” Construction began on September 16 and will continue for more than four months leading up to the tournament, which will tee it up Jan. 27 – Feb. 2 in Scottsdale.

Tournament Chairman Tim Woods announced plenty of new enhancements for the 2020 tournament, from expanded and new general admission venues, to more expansion at the 18th hole, along with minor changes at the popular 16th and 17th holes.

“Each and every year we try to improve upon the previous year, and this year is no different,” Woods said. “Everyone is aware of our iconic 16th hole and the various popular hospitality venues throughout the course, but our focus the last couple of years has been to enhance the overall experience for our general admission guests, something we are doing again for 2020.”

One of those new venues open to the public is the Kiva Club, a multi-level general admission venue located next to Bay Club that offers views of holes 10 and 17 and will provide food and beverage options for purchase. Kiva Club will feature a main viewing deck and a second-level platform with tables and seating across the rail, along with a large bar in the middle, making it a prime spot to watch the golf action.

“The 17th hole has really grown over the last few years, but the majority of that growth was corporate hospitality,” Woods said. “It’s such a great hole, we wanted to create a venue for the public to be able to experience it in style and comfort as well.”

Another public hospitality venue, while not new, is being expanded for the fourth straight year. The area atop the hill overlooking hole No. 12, No. 6 green and No. 13 tee which started in 2016 as El Rancho will get yet another upgrade for the 2020 tournament. The extremely popular general-admission viewing area now named The Ridge presented by Taylor Morrison will double in size, providing a nearly 36,000-square-feet viewing platform featuring lounge style furniture as well as food and beverage options, along with drink rails on three sides of the giant venue.

The First Look: Bermuda Championship

The PGA TOUR will head to Bermuda next week for the first-ever Bermuda Championship.

Announced in June, the tournament will be an alternate-field event to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and will take place at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.

FIELD NOTES: Houston Open winner Lanto Griffin will tee it up for the first time since his victory. Griffin is on top of the FedExCup standings… Five tournament winners from the past two seasons will tee it up including Griffin, Ryan Armour, Martin Trainer, and 2018 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise… Major champions including Davis Love III, Trevor Immelman, and Mike Weir are in the field… Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year Scottie Scheffler will be back in action for the first time since the announcement the week of the Houston Open.

FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 300 points.

COURSE: Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton. Par 71, 6,842 yards. The Robert Trent Jones design played host to the Grand Slam of Golf from 2009-2014. The course underwent a $14.5 million renovation a decade ago as it prepared for the Grand Slam in 2009.

STORYLINES: The Bermuda Championship marks the first alternate field event of the season… This is the second inaugural event of the season to make its debut on the PGA TOUR schedule after the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan… Davis Love III, after he did not move on in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs on PGA TOUR Champions, is back playing on the PGA TOUR for the first time since the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He’ll compete in Mexico as well as a warm-up before he plays and hosts The RSM Classic… Graham DeLaet continues his return on the PGA TOUR after missing two years due to back surgery… Winners of alternate-field events from last season included Cameron Champ, Martin Trainer, Graeme McDowell, Jim Herman, and Collin Morikawa. Trainer is in the field this week in Bermuda.