The 2023 WM Phoenix Open will take place February 9-12 at TPC Scottsdale and will again conclude on Super Bowl Sunday.
And it should be a fun sports weekend. For the first time since 2015, Arizona will host both events, as Super Bowl LVII takes place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on February 12.
The PGA Tour announced its 2022-23 schedule on Monday. This will be the last time the Tour will use the “wrap-around” format in which the season begins in September 2022 and ends in August 2023. Starting in 2024, the PGA Tour schedule will begin in January and end later on the same year. .
Pat Williams will serve as Tournament Chair in 2023 for the Phoenix Open while George Thimsen will serve as Deputy Tournament Chair, which will put him in the position of Tournament Chair in 2024.
There are 47 events on the 2022-23 schedule. The 2023 major championships are the Masters (April 6-9), PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York (May 18-21), US Open at Los Angeles Country Club (June 15-18) and the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England (July 20-23).
ASU entry wins US Junior Amateur
Wenyi Ding won the 74th US Junior Amateur at Bandon Dunes in Oregon last Saturday, claiming the title with a 3-2 victory over Caleb Surratt.
Ding is the first Chinese male golfer to win a US Golf Association championship. He is also the first international Junior Am champion since Min Woo Lee in 2016. Ding, 17, has committed to playing college golf at Arizona State. He will be a freshman for the 2023-24 season. In the quarterfinals of Junior Am, Ding knocked out San Diego’s Luke Potter. Potter is also an ASU signatory. He is already signed and will join the team this fall as a rookie.
LPGA’s historic major begins Thursday
Former ASU golfer Anna Nordqvist returns to defend her title this week at the 2022 AIG Women’s British Open, taking place at historic Muirfield in Scotland.
Just three years ago, Muirfield invited its first female members in its 275 years. Now club members will complete the 180 degree change of heart by crowning a major champion who will join a list of 16 men who have won an Open at Muirfield, including Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino , Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.
“Muirfield is probably one of the purest tests of golf in the world,” said Catriona Matthew, a former Women’s British Open winner who lives four miles down the road in North Berwick.
The Adobe Golf Course and driving range at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club are closed in August and September and will reopen in October after overseeding. Next summer, the William Bell-design, which opened in 1929, will undergo a renovation by the Lehman Design Group. Green complexes will be renovated, tee boxes will be leveled and bunkers will be rebuilt with a new drainage and surfacing system. … Forbes magazine estimates that Phil Mickelson, with earnings of $138 million, was the highest-paid athlete in the world over the past year, beating world soccer star Lionel Messi, who earned 130 millions of dollars. The former ASU standout and five-time major champion made the most of it by joining the LIV Golf breakaway circuit. Forbes reports that Mickelson received a $200 million guarantee from LIV, half of which is to come.