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Tryon to start season at Phoenix Open

Seventeen-year-old Ty Tryon, the high school junior who became the youngest player to earn his PGA Tour card, will open the season in the Phoenix Open, his agent said Thursday.

The Phoenix Open is Jan. 24-27 on the TPC at Scottsdale, and traditionally has one of the strongest fields during the West Coast Swing.

Jay Danzi of IMG said that was one reason Tryon decided to start the year in Phoenix, along with the fact he has played several junior events there and knows the course.

Tryon played three times on the PGA Tour last year, two as an amateur and once as a pro.

As a 16-year-old at the Honda Classic, he became the youngest player in 44 years to make the cut at a PGA Tour event, eventually tying for 39th. He was tied for the lead after one round of the B.C. Open, and wound up tied for 37th. He missed the cut in the Michelob Championship in early October as a pro.

Tryon turned pro shortly before starting his junior year at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., then made it through all three stages of Q-school to earn his card. He shot 66 in the final round to make it with two strokes to spare.

Because of a new PGA Tour policy adopted after he turned pro, Tryon will not be a member until he turns 18 on June 2. Until then, he can take sponsor's exemptions to seven tournaments, and play no more than 12.

Whatever money he earns will not appear on the money list until June 2.

A year ago, Mark Calcavecchia set the PGA Tour scoring record for 72 holes at the Phoenix Open with a 28-under-par 256. That field included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and David Duval.

Woods is not likely to play the Phoenix Open this year.

Danzi also said he would consider an international event for Tryon to play, although nothing has been finalized.

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