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Dec. 27,2014

WM Phoenix Open field begins to take shape  


PHOENIX, Ariz. – Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, defending tournament champion Kevin Stadler and last season’s FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel are among the first commitments to the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open – to be played the week of January 26 – February 1 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.3 million purse, the $1,134,000 first-place check and 500 FedEx Cup points.

“The early commitments to our 2015 tournament are impressive,” said Tournament Chairman Danny Calihan. “The field includes a number of past champions, international players and rising stars.”

Bubba Watson is the top ranked (#4 in the world) golfer to commit to date. Other top-ranked golfers to commit, include Mickelson (13), Horschel (14), Hideki Matsuyama (16), Kevin Na (25), Ryan Palmer (43), Gary Woodland (48), John Senden (49) and Kevin Streelman (50).

Billy Horschel is coming off a fantastic 2014 season in which he placed second at the Deutsche Bank Championship, won the BMW Championship, TOUR Championship and subsequent FedEx Cup Championship. His incredible three week stretch during the FedEx Cup playoffs, catapulted him over 80 positions to his first FedEx Cup Trophy.

Robert Streb is also an early commitment to the 2015 WM Phoenix Open. He is off to a fast start this season with three top 10 finishes including a win at the McGladrey Classic. He currently sits atop the FedEx Cup leaderboard.

PGA TOUR members have until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 23, to commit to play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Eligible players are assigned one of 34 PGA TOUR priority ranking categories based on their past performance on TOUR. The field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the Open.

Five past tournament champions are currently in the field, including Stadler (2014), three-time winner Mickelson (1996, 2005 & 2013), Kyle Stanley (2012), Mark Wilson (2011) and Kenny Perry (2009).

In addition, the tournament host Thunderbirds recently awarded the first of five sponsor exemptions to Padraig Harrington.

WMPO exends sponsorship with PGA Tour for 10 years

PHOENIX, Ariz.  (December 4, 2014) – The PGA TOUR, Waste Management (NYSE: WM) and tournament host The Thunderbirds announced today a 10-year sponsorship extension, which becomes effective once Waste Management’s original agreement expires upon completion of the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

 Waste Management has sponsored the tournament since 2010.

 “The Waste Management Phoenix Open has been a very successful partnership and we set the bar high for sustainability in sports,” said David Steiner, Waste Management president and CEO. “This title sponsorship has engaged our customers, elevated our brand, told our transformation story, and afforded us the real privilege of educating hundreds of thousands of individuals on ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle at home, in our communities and at our workplaces. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the PGA TOUR and The Thunderbirds and keeping the Waste Management Phoenix Open the greatest – and greenest – show on grass.”

 In addition to being the PGA TOUR’s most highly attended tournament, annually drawing more than 500,000 spectators, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is also recognized for the sustainability initiatives implemented by its title sponsor and host organization, including the award-winning Zero Waste Challenge.

 “We are absolutely delighted that Waste Management will continue as a valued partner of the PGA TOUR and The Thunderbirds,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Since becoming title sponsor, Waste Management has done a wonderful job of applying its environmental initiatives to the Waste Management Phoenix Open to make it a truly green week, a particularly impressive achievement with more than a half-million fans attending each year.” 

 “We are very excited to be continuing our relationship with Waste Management,” said Tom King, Big Chief of The Thunderbirds.  “While not unprecedented, a 10-year extension is a true sign of Waste Management’s commitment to the game of golf, their ongoing sustainability efforts and The Thunderbirds’ ability to continue to enhance the lives of those in need through charitable giving.”

The extension announcement caps a banner year for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which established several single-day attendance records including a PGA TOUR-record 189,722 on Saturday en route to a total of 563,000. Consequently, the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open generated more than $7 million for charity, the third-highest total in the tournament’s history, to bring the all-time total to $93 million. It is now within reach of becoming the PGA TOUR’s third tournament to reach $100 million, a milestone tournament officials expect to reach in 2015.

 The tournament also received several awards in 2014, including Co-Tournament of the Year, Best Year-over-Year Sales and Most Engaged Community at the annual PGA TOUR Tournament Awards in November. This followed the four awards it received in 2013 (Most Engaged Community, Best Promotional Idea – Zero Waste Challenge, Best Special Event – Shot at Glory, and Best Title Sponsor Integration – Zero Waste Challenge and other green initiatives). Additionally, the tournament was recognized as a finalist for SportsBusiness Journal’s 2014 Sports Event of the Year at the publication’s annual New York City awards banquet in May and received the “Sport for Environment Award” at the Beyond Sport Summit Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa in October.

 The Zero Waste Challenge saw zero waste from the tournament being sent to a landfill for the first time in 2013 and completed a repeat performance in 2014 with 100 percent of waste diverted to recycling, composting and waste-to-energy facilities. To help achieve this, Waste Management replaced every trash can with 6,000 recycling and compost bins. The company also established three Zero Waste Stations – repurposed from Waste Management dumpsters – that are staffed with experts to help fans put materials in their proper place.

The Zero Waste success was validated by the Council for Responsible Sport (receiving Gold Certification, the first awarded to a PGA TOUR event) and UL Environment (Zero Waste to Landfill validation, the highest designation possible).

 Other “green” initiatives include: 100 percent of the electricity to power the tournament being purchased from renewable energy; Waste Management trucks on site running on clean-burning natural gas to transport materials from the course; and substantial water savings achieved by using “greywater” from concession kitchens in the onsite portable bathrooms.

 Waste Management also hosts an Executive Sustainability Forum where more than 300 corporate leaders and industry experts share best practices and foster a sustainability dialogue for the future. At the 2015 Forum, guests will gain insight from keynote speakers Amory B. Lovins, who is widely considered to be among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply; and Gwen Ruta, vice president of programs for the Environmental Defense Fund, who will discuss current policy changes that could advance a clean energy economy, and highlight private sector opportunities to push the sustainability envelope. A host of other leading speakers and panelists will also share their perspectives.

 The 2015 tournament is scheduled for Jan. 26-Feb. 1 at the newly renovated TPC Scottsdale, when Kevin Stadler defends his title. The facility recently reopened following extensive work on the clubhouse and golf course – funded by the City of Scottsdale – that will greatly enhance the overall tournament experience.  Sunday’s final round will be held on the same day the NFL’s Super Bowl is held in Glendale.