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All The Stars In Phoenix This Week – Waste Management Phoenix Open Super Golf 80

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:15 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:53

by Alfie Lau
 

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Within hours of each other on Sunday, Super Bowl starting quarterbacks Tom Brady and Russell Wilson talked about the week ahead, culminating in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, which will see either the former win his fourth title or the latter join a select group with two championships in his first three seasons.
 
So it’s hard to believe that Tiger Woods is merely the opening act for Super Bowl crazed fans here in Phoenix.
 
Woods is kicking off his 2015 season in the desert, the first time he’s played this tournament in 14 years.

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TPC Scottsdale Changes Add Challenge, Charm

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:45 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:28

TPC ScottsdaleSCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Rob Bolton/PGATOUR.COM) — Three days after Tom Weiskopf celebrated his 72nd birthday in November, he was in Arizona for another party — the grand reopening of the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. Well, given the reputation of the Waste Management Phoenix Open as the loudest and most-attended tournament on the PGA TOUR, media day felt more like a pre-gamer.

I was there. The media was invited to play a round and kick the tires of the newly renovated par 71, but I sat that out. (If you were ever punished to watch me play, you’d understand.) Instead, I rode shotgun with the co-designer himself. For four holes or about an hour, anyway. And it was a sweet consolation.

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Nick Taylor And Mike Darby Living A Phoenix Dream

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 23:33 Monday, 26 January 2015 23:16

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It’s a dream a decade in the making.
 
Richmond caddy Mike Darby has wanted to work the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a decade and now that his boss, Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has an almost three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR, Darby and Taylor can block off this week through 2017.
 
“I thought we would get in last year when Nick tried to Monday qualify but we just missed,” said Darby. “It’s a pretty awesome place.”

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Bill Haas Pulls Away to Win Humana Challenge

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 21:46 Sunday, 25 January 2015 21:29

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LA QUINTA, California (John Nicholson/AP) — Bill Haas pulled off another imaginative escape to win the Humana Challenge.

“I think of myself as more of a painter and not a mechanic.” Haas said.

Far less dramatic or lucrative than the shot he splashed out of the water to 3 feet in a playoff victory in the 2011 Tour Championship, Haas came through with another bold play after his drive on the par-5 18th stopped on top of the front lip of a right fairway bunker.

“You got to come up with something,” Haas said.

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Matt Kuchar Stumbles In, Gives Away Humana Challenge Lead

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 19:36 Sunday, 25 January 2015 19:31

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LA QUINTA, California (John Nicholson/AP) — Matt Kuchar’s ball crashed into the rocks at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and shot sideways into the All-American Canal.

More rocks and water gobbled up another ball — and with it, his third-round lead on Saturday in the Humana Challenge.

“It’s too bad, but it’s what happened,” Kuchar said. “I still got one more day left to try to make some birdies and still pull this thing out.”

Two strokes ahead after a birdie on the par-5 14th, Kuchar bogeyed three of the final four holes for a 1-under 71 on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course. That left him a shot behind two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam.

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