Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and FedEx Cup points leader Xander Schauffele are the top players at the TPC Scottsdale, where the raucous atmosphere is unmatched anywhere in professional golf.
Far from the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, big names will be appearing in the inaugural Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, with Dubai Desert Classic champion Bryson DeChambeau attempting win for the second straight week on the European Tour’s desert swing.
Joining DeChambeau in the new event are world No. 1 Justin Rose, last week’s winner at Torrey Pines, three-time major winner Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
Here’s a synopsis of all the action in professional golf this week:
WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
Site: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Course: TPC Scottsdale. Yardage: 7,261. Par: 71.
Purse: $7.1 million. Winner's share: $1,278,000
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC Sports).
Defending champion: Gary Woodland.
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele.
Last week: Justin Rose won the Farmers Insurance Open.
Notes: NBC Sports is televising weekend play because CBS has the Super Bowl. Johnny Miller will be in the booth for the last time Saturday before he retires, with Paul Azinger taking over for the final round Sunday. ... Even with so many top players in Saudi Arabia, the field still includes three of the top 10 — Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm (photo) and Xander Schauffele. ... Phil Mickelson, who skipped his hometown event at Torrey Pines last week, makes his 30th start in the Phoenix Open, breaking the record he shared with Gene Littler, Jim Ferrier and Jerry Barber. ... The Phoenix Open has gone to a playoff of the last three years. ... Mickelson twice has shot 60 on the TPC Scottsdale. Both times he went on to win. ... Hideki Matsuyama won two straight times before withdrawing after one round last year because of a wrist injury. ... Kenny Perry is playing on the 10-year anniversary of his Phoenix Open victory.
Next week: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Site: King Abdulla Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
Course: Royal Greens Golf & CC. Yardage: 7,010. Par: 70.
Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $583,333.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-5 a.m., 6:30-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 4:30-9 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: New tournament.
Race to Dubai leader: Shane Lowry.
Last week: Bryson DeChambeau won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Notes: The first European Tour event in Saudi Arabia lined up a top-heavy field with four of the top five in the world ranking — Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau (photo). ... This will be only the second time since the Tour Championship on Sept. 23 that Rose and Koepka have played in the same tournament. The other was the HSBC Champions, where Rose was third and Koepka tied for 16th. ... Johnson and Koepka played two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, while DeChambeau was in Dubai last week. ... Rose and Patrick Reed were at Torrey Pines last week in San Diego. ... The Saudi International is among six European Tour events on the Arabian Peninsula. Thirty years ago, there was only one (Dubai). ... The field features eight players who took part in the Ryder Cup last fall in France. ... The course is located along the Red Sea. ... The clubhouse opened just over a year ago.
Next week: ISPS Handa Vic Open in Australia.
COUNTRY CLUB DE BOGOTA CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Bogota, Colombia.
Course: Country Club de Bogota (Lagos). Yardage: Par:
Purse: $700,000. Winner's share: $126,000.
Defending champion: Ben Taylor.
Money leader: Rafael Campos.
Last tournament: Rafael Campos won the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.
Next week: Panama Championship.
Last tournament: Eun-Hee Ji won the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
Next week: ISPS Handa Vic Open.
Race to CME Globe leader: Eun-Hee Ji.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last tournament: Tom Lehman won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Next week: Oasis Championship on Feb. 8-10.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Tom Lehman.
Sunshine Tour: Eye of Africa PGA Championship, Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate, Johannesburg. Defending champion: Matias Calderon. Online: www.sunshinetour.com