The money comes from proceeds raised from the 2014 tournament. It marks the first time since 2008 that the Thunderbirds have raised more than $7 million from the tournament and the third highest charitable donation in a single year in tournament history, according to the Thunderbirds.
Since 2003 when the tournament first brought on a title sponsor, The Thunderbirds and the Open have raised more than $67.4 million for charities. Since the Phoenix Open began in 1932, more than $93.3 million has been raised for charities in Arizona, the Thunderbirds said.
“This tournament is showing the world how a sporting event really can make a difference,” said David Steiner, Waste Management president and CEO. “Whether it’s setting a new standard for sustainability or sending more than $7 million to Arizona charities, it’s about much more than great golf.”