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
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.