Sponsors Exemptions at WM Phoenix Open

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By • Feb 12th, 2010 • Category: Sports and Leisure

2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman David Rauch announced this week that Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Spain’s Alvaro Quiros received the fifth and sixth sponsor exemptions for the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Billy Mayfair, Rickie Fowler, Jonathan Kaye and Rocco Mediate received the first four tournament exemptions. Rauch and the tournament host Thunderbirds will hand out a total of eight sponsor exemptions for the tournament, scheduled to be played at the TPC Scottsdale, February 22 – 28.

Karlsson is currently ranked 17th on the Official World Golf Ranking and second on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings.  He has 10 International victories, and had the best year of his career in 2008, winning two European Tour events on his way to becoming the first Swede to win the European Order of Merit.  That year he also became the only player to earn top-10 finishes in his first three Major Championships (T-8 Masters, T-4 U.S. Open, T-7 British Open).

Karlsson missed four months in 2009 due to a problem with his vision, but came back quickly in 2010 with a victory over Quiros in the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in January.

Quiros currently ranks 32nd on the Official World Golf Ranking and fourth on the European Tour Race to Dubai standings.  The longest hitter on the European Tour, Quiros has three European Tour victories under his belt, including a win at the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Championship in his first European Tour start as a full-time member.  He finished runner-up to Karlsson while defending his title at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters earlier this year.

“Robert and Alvaro are extremely talented golfers who have had great success playing on the European Tour,” Rauch said.  “They will add a lot to our field and I’m sure that our fans will enjoy seeing these guys in action.”

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played February 22 – 28, 2010, at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $65.9 million for charities, with more than $37.9 million generated since 2004. The 2010 edition will mark the 75th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). Title sponsor Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. For more information on Waste Management visit wm.com or thinkgreen.com. For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

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