The second greatest tournament in golf is about to start tomorrow really kicking off the golf season. I would call it the Happy Hour of golf, mainly because of the party like atmosphere and big names to go with it. Even though its Superbowl weekend the Waste Management Phoenix Open has an attendance of over 600k and stays in the news cycle during the biggest sports event of the year.
This years field will include the big names in golf like Spieth, Thomas, Rahm, Mickelson, and Fowler to boot. The big thing that draws more people then anything is the 16th hole par 3. It has a stadium atmosphere where the entire hole is covered by bleachers and fans as anyone who has ever turned into a golf tournament knows that it is usually quiet and proper, this tournament and hole is not anything like that.
As the Players enter the hole they walk through an entrance like they are a WWE star walking out and into the ring. They are announced and fans either chant and or Boo whoever comes out of the tunnel. The players line up their shots for the hole and get rewarded or punished depending on the shot they make. Last year John Rahm who is an Arizona State Alum hit a poor shot on the 16th and the whole crowd boo the man. If a golfer sticks a shot everyone in attendance drunk as can be yells and screams for that person it is a must see and a must attend. The main golfers in the game come barring gifts for the 16th.
As well, they walk the walls throwing and handing out whatever gifts their sponsor has given them. This is one of the few times you will see golfers interact with fans as much as they do, some of the gifts they hand out to the fans are gloves, hats, and sleeves of balls.
Besides the awesome atmosphere, you also have the beautiful weather and city of Scottsdale. The most popular man at the event is Phil Mickelson he is also an ASU Alum, Rahm is catching him quickly though now the number 2 golfer in the world. Phil has shot the lowest score ever at the tournament with an astonishing -28.
Augusta may have the charm and classic taste down pat, but it still doesn’t draw what this party does. It is a bucket list item for all golf fans. I myself have never been and am hoping to make it next year, the draw is more appealing to me then Augusta which I would also like to get to one day. If you haven’t sat down and watched this tournament check it out this weekend and definitely stick around long enough to see the 16th go crazy with a great shot. Who knows maybe you will even be lucky enough to see a hole in one!