Featured Groups: Waste Management Phoenix Open
January 28, 2020
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- January 28, 2020
- Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama will play with Justin Thomas on Thursday and Friday. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
The PGA TOUR has announced the four Featured Groupings for Thursday and Friday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to be contested at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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HOW TO FOLLOW (ALL TIMES ET)
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (CBS).
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 9:15 a.m.- 7 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday 10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups and Featured Holes)
Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
FEATURED GROUPS (ALL TIMES ET)
Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm
Thursday: 10 a.m. ET (No. 10 tee); Friday: 2:15 p.m. ET (No. 1 tee)
• Thomas, who has two wins this season (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Sentry Tournament of Champions) holds the No. 1 position in the FedExCup standings for the 30th week in his career, becoming the fourth player to reach that mark in the FedExCup era (others: Tiger Woods, Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson).
• Matsuyama has two wins (2016, 2017) and two additional top-fives (T4/2014, T2/2015) in six career starts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
• Rahm, a two-time Ben Hogan Award winner at nearby Arizona State, is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler
Thursday: 2:15 p.m. ET (No. 1 tee); Friday: 10 a.m. ET (No. 10 tee)
• A five-time PGA TOUR winner, DeChambeau will make his first start on TOUR since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Oct. (T4).
• Coming off a T6 at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, Finau has made one cut in five starts at TPC Scottsdale (T22/2015).
• Fowler will make his fifth title defense on the PGA TOUR, with the best result among the previous four being a tie for 46th (2016 Dell Technologies Championship).
Xander Schauffele, Cameron Smith, Gary Woodland
Thursday: 9:50 a.m. ET (No. 10 tee); Friday: 2:05 p.m. ET (No. 1 tee)
• Schauffele has three top-10s in four starts on the season, including playoff losses at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions.
• Smith earned his second career PGA TOUR title at the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii and currently sits at No. 6 in the FedExCup standings.
• The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open champion, Woodland celebrates the one-year anniversary of his viral moment with Special Olympics golfer Amy Bockerstette, who sank an inspiring putt on the 16th hole while playing with Woodland, in a video that has since been viewed nearly 44 million times across TOUR platforms; the pair will reunite on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Andrew Landry, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson
Thursday: 2:05 p.m. ET (No. 1 tee); 9:50 a.m. ET (No. 10 tee)
• Landry will make his first start since winning his second career PGA TOUR title at The American Express.
• At No. 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Jordan Spieth looks to move inside the top 50 on Feb. 10 or 17 to qualify for next month’s World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship; Spieth has two top-10s in three starts at TPC Scottsdale.
• Watson’s tie for fourth at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open was his fourth career top-five at the event; he comes off a T6 finish at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open.