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2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament champion Kevin Stadler today withdrew from the 2015 tournament due to a wrist injury. The field for next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open is nearly set as three open qualifying spots and two sponsor exemptions are still up for grabs. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.3 million purse, the $1,134,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.The field includes 15 players who have combined to win 37 Major championships, including: Tiger Woods (14 Majors), Phil Mickelson (5), Padraig Harrington (3), Angel Cabrera (2), Retief Goosen (2), Bubba Watson (2), Keegan Bradley (1), Stewart Cink (1), Lucas Glover (1), Justin Leonard (1), David Toms (1), Mike Weir (1), Jason Dufner (1), Geoff Ogilvy (1) and Zach Johnson (1). Ninety-four of the top 125 from the final 2014 PGA TOUR Money List have entered the 2015 WM Phoenix Open, including 21 of the top 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking, with Watson (4th), Jordan Spieth (9th) and Rickie Fowler (10th) the highest ranked players currently in the field.With Stadler withdrawing, the 2015 tournament now has seven past WM Phoenix Open champions – Mickelson (2013, 2005, 1996), Kyle Stanley (2012), Mark Wilson (2011), Hunter Mahan (2010), Kenny Perry (2009), J.B. Holmes (2008, 2006) and Aaron Baddeley (2007).PGA TOUR members had until 5 p.m. today (Friday, January 23) to commit to play in the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Non-committed players participating in the Humana Challenge have a half-hour from the end of 2nd round play to commit. In addition, any previously uncommitted player placing in the top-10 at the Humana Challenge also can commit to play Sunday evening.Three of the five sponsor exemptions handed out by the tournament host Thunderbirds went to Padraig Harrington, Jon Rahm and Daniel Berger. Local PGA pro Michael Hopper earned the Southwest Section of the PGA spot by winning the Section Title.Three open qualifying spots are still up for grabs and will be determined on Monday, January 26th at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.If any player currently in the field withdraws from the tournament prior to the start of the event, pros Andres Gonzales, Hudson Swafford and Fabian Gomez are the first three alternates.The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from January 26 to February 1, 2015. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. The 2015 edition will mark the 80th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the fifth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. For more information on the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.