The Greatest Show on Grass, a.k.a. the Waste Management Phoenix Open, returns to the TPC Scottsdale January 30 through February 5, 2012.
2011 Tournament Champion Mark Wilson will return to defend his title after an exciting 2011 tournament playoff victory over Jason Dufner. Wilson is coming off the best year of his professional career having won two times in 2011 and claiming four top-10 finishes. He finished 19th on the 2011 PGA TOUR money list with $3,158,477 in earnings and is one of only six players to post multiple victories on TOUR this past season. At the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, look for Wilson to be joined by other top PGA TOUR stars, such as Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and many others.
While the actual Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament will be played Thursday – Sunday (February 2-5), there will still be plenty of things to see and do at the TPC Scottsdale all week long. Many of the PGA TOUR pros will play morning practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday of tournament week. There are also other special activities that will feature PGA TOUR professionals, including the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day and the CBS Outdoor Special Olympics Open on Tuesday and the ever-popular Silver Pro-Am on Wednesday. On Saturday, February 4th, the tournament is inviting everyone to participate in the second annual GREEN OUT. For every person who wears green on Saturday, February 4th, the tournament host Thunderbirds will donate ‘green’ to Arizona Clean & Beautiful – a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining and enhancing the beauty and environmental quality of Arizona. A Green Squad will be on hand to count all things green.
In fact, in the two years since taking over as title sponsor, Waste Management has quickly turned the “Greatest Show on Grass” into the “Greenest Show on Grass” by incorporating a tournament-wide recycling and waste reduction program.
In addition to the tournament’s green/eco-sensitive efforts, the tournament host Thunderbirds are also excellent at raising green for local charities. In fact, The Thunderbirds have raised more than $75 million for charities in tournament history, with more than $48 million generated since 2004.
For more information or tickets to the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.