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Rory McIlroy set to make 2nd appearance at WM Phoenix Open in 2023

Jan 12, 2023, 10:48 AM
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off at the 18th hole during DP World Tour Championship in Dub...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off at the 18th hole during DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

(AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

Rory McIlroy is headed back to the desert in 2023.

The PGA pro is the latest golfer to commit to this year’s WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

“We’re beyond excited to welcome one of the most decorated golfers of this generation, Rory McIlroy, back to ‘The People’s Open,’” tournament chairman Pat Williams said in a press release on Wednesday.

“Rory’s accomplishments on and off the golf course are indicative of what it means to be a ‘pro’s pro.’ We are thrilled that our fans get to watch him in action at TPC Scottsdale for a second time.”

McIlroy’s first and only time playing in the tournament came in 2021, when he finished tied for 13th.

The golfer is coming off a stellar 2022 where he led the PGA Tour in scoring and earned his third FedEx Cup victory.

The 88th edition of the WM Phoenix Open is expected to be littered with some of the top names in golf.

Aside from McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau, Max Homa, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Sam Burns are also committed to play in this year’s tournament.

The field of 132 players will compete for an increased purse of $20 million, a $3.6 million first-place check and 500 FedEx Cup points.

The 2023 WM Phoenix Open takes place from Feb. 6-12. The first round begins on Thursday, Feb. 9, with the tournament concluding on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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