SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The party's on a bit later than usual and with a new title sponsor at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The raucous event drew more than a half-million fans last year when it was known as the FBR Open. A scheduling conflict pushed the
event back, for this year only, from its usual Super Bowl week date.
Phil Mickelson calls it "a special tournament" that "provides an experience you just don't get week in and week out" on the PGA tour.
The tournament, in its 75th year, begins a four-day run on Thursday at Tournament Players Club Scottsdale, with a forecast of rain late in the week threatening to dampen huge weekend crowds -- by far the biggest on the tour.