Magee gets spot in FBR Open, formerly Phoenix Open

Updated: January 10, 2006, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Magee received the first of five sponsor's exemptions to the FBR Open on Tuesday.


"He is a true friend to this tournament and one of the (PGA) Tour's great guys," chairman Mike Haenel said. "His philanthropic work in the Valley is outstanding."

The former Phoenix Open, scheduled for Feb. 2-5, is one of the tour's five oldest events. This year's competition will be its 71st.

Magee, a resident of nearby Paradise Valley, will be playing in his 21st open.

His best finish at the TPC of Scottsdale was second in 1993, but his most memorable shot came in 2001, when he aced the par-4 17th hole. Magee drove the green of the 332-yard hole, and the ball glanced off Tom Byrum's putter and rolled about eight feet into the cup for a double eagle.

Magee, a four-time winner on tour, missed the 2004 season after having Achilles tendon surgery, but bounced back last year with two top 10 finishes and earnings of $488,779 (145th) on the money list.

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