Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners and History

Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners

Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners and History

The Phoenix Open dates back to 1932 and 1933, when it was known as the Arizona Open. The inaugural Arizona Open / Phoenix Open Winner was Ralph Guldahl. In his career Guldahl won sixteen PGA TOUR events, two US Opens and a Masters.

The Arizona Open was suspended for one year and then returned in 1935 for one more. But like a Phoenix, it rose from the ashes in 1939 when Bob Goldwater Sr. convinced his civic group, The Thunderbirds, to sponsor a golf event.

As with the original Arizona Open, the Phoenix Open was played at the Phoenix Country Club. Beginning in 1955, the Arizona Country Club (also in Phoenix) alternated as event host with Phoenix Country Club; this arrangement lasted until Phoenix Country Club took The Arizona Country Club’s turn in 1975 and became the event’s permanent home. Finally, in 1987, it moved to the now famous TPC Scottsdale, with its circus par three 16th.

Phoenix Open Is Best Attended Event On Tour

The Phoenix Open is annually the best attended event on tour, drawing as many as 500,000 over the weekend. Some of that is due to the circus surrounding the par 3 16th, which has been converted to an amphitheatre that seats thousands. In 2008, the tournament set a PGA Tour record of 538,356 fans.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners and History
TPC Scottsdale. Photo via PGA TOUR

Phoenix Open founder Bob Goldwater was an accomplished amateur golfer. He won the Arizona State Amateur and the Southwest Amateur three times each. In 1951, he beat well-known amateur Charlie Coe in the Broadmore Invitational in Colorado Springs. Because the other Thunderbirds were skeptical about the golf event, Goldwater did all the work on the first tournament himself.

Mark Calcavecchia, Gene Littler and Arnold Palmer are three time Phoenix Open Winners. JB Holmes, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Bob Gilder, Miller Barber, Johnny Miller, Lloyd Mangrum, Jimmy Demaret, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson each are two time Phoenix Open winners.

The tournament record was set by Mark Calcavecchia in 1981, with a aggregate 256, which was an astonishing 28 under par.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners

A list of Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners from 1932 to present follows:

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo parPurse ($)
Waste Management Phoenix Open
2020Webb SimpsonUnited States267-17
2019Rickie FowlerUnited States2672 strokes7,100000
2018Gary WoodlandUnited States266-18 (playoff)6,900,000
2017Hideki MatsuyamaJapan267-17 (playoff)6,700,000
2016Hideki MatsuyamaJapan270-14 (playoff)6,500,000
2015Brooks KoepkaUnited States269-156,300,000
2014Kevin StadlerUnited States268-166,200,000
2013Phil MickelsonUnited States256-286,200,000
2012Kyle StanleyUnited States269-156,100,000
2011Mark WilsonUnited States266-186,100,000
2010Hunter MahanUnited States268-166,000,000
FBR Open
2009Kenny PerryUnited States270-146,000,000
2008J. B. HolmesUnited States270-146,000,000
2007Aaron BaddeleyAustralia263-216,000,000
2006J. B. HolmesUnited States263-215,200,000
2005Phil MickelsonUnited States267-175,200,000
2004Jonathan KayeUnited States266-185,200,000
Phoenix Open
2003Vijay SinghFiji261-234,000,000
2002Chris DiMarcoUnited States267-174,000,000
2001Mark CalcavecchiaUnited States256-284,000,000
2000Tom LehmanUnited States270-143,200,000
1999Rocco MediateUnited States273-113,000,000
1998Jesper ParnevikSweden269-152,500,000
1997Steve JonesUnited States258-261,500,000
1996Phil MickelsonUnited States269-151,300,000
1995Vijay SinghFiji269-151,300,000
1994Bill GlassonUnited States268-161,200,000
1993Lee JanzenUnited States273-111,000,000
1992Mark CalcavecchiaUnited States264-201,000,000
1991Nolan HenkeUnited States268-161,000,000
1990Tommy Armour IIIUnited States267-17900,000
1989Mark CalcavecchiaUnited States263-21700,000
1988Sandy LyleScotland269-15650,000
1987Paul AzingerUnited States268-16600,000
1986Hal SuttonUnited States267-21500,000
1985Calvin PeeteUnited States270-14450,000
1984Tom PurtzerUnited States268-16400,000
1983Bob GilderUnited States271-13350,000
1982Lanny WadkinsUnited States263-21300,000
1981David GrahamAustralia268-16300,000
1980Jeff MitchellUnited States272-12300,000
1979Ben CrenshawUnited States199*-14250,000
1978Miller BarberUnited States272-12200,000
1977Jerry PateUnited States277-7200,000
1976Bob GilderUnited States268-16200,000
1975Johnny MillerUnited States260-24150,000
1974Johnny MillerUnited States271-13150,000
1973Bruce CramptonAustralia268-12150,000
1972Homero BlancasUnited States273-11125,000
Phoenix Open Invitational
1971Miller BarberUnited States261-23125,000
1970Dale DouglassUnited States271-13100,000
1969Gene LittlerUnited States263-21100,000
1968George KnudsonCanada272-12100,000
1967Julius BorosUnited States272-1270,000
1966Dudley WysongUnited States278-660,000
1965Rod FunsethUnited States274-1465,000
1964Jack NicklausUnited States271-1750,000
1963Arnold PalmerUnited States273-1535,000
1962Arnold PalmerUnited States269-1535,000
1961Arnold PalmerUnited States270-1030,000
1960Jack FleckUnited States273-1122,500
1959Gene LittlerUnited States268-1220,000
1958Ken VenturiUnited States274-1015,000
1957Billy CasperUnited States271-915,000
Phoenix Open
1956Cary MiddlecoffUnited States276-815,000
1955Gene LittlerUnited States275-515,000
1954Ed FurgolUnited States272-1210,000
1953Lloyd MangrumUnited States272-1210,000
1952Lloyd MangrumUnited States274-1010,000
1951Lew WorshamUnited States272-1210,000
Ben Hogan Open
1950Jimmy DemaretUnited States269-1510,000
Phoenix Open
1949Jimmy DemaretUnited States278-610,000
1948Bobby LockeSouth Africa268-1610,000
1947Ben HoganUnited States270-1410,000
1946Ben HoganUnited States273-117,500
1945Byron NelsonUnited States274-105,000
1944Harold “Jug” McSpadenUnited States273-115,000
1943No tournament
1942No tournament – hosted Western Open
1941No tournament – hosted Western Open
1940Ed OliverUnited States205^-83,000
1939Byron NelsonUnited States198^-153,000
1936-38No tournament
1935Ky LaffoonUnited States281-32,500
1934No tournament
Arizona Open
1933Harry CooperUnited States281-31,500
1932Ralph GuldahlUnited States285-12,500

2 thoughts on “Waste Management Phoenix Open Winners and History”

  1. The main reason I think Tiger decided to play this event is its proximity to the Super Bowl, and when he misses the cut, more time in PHX! :/


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