The PGA Tour’s WM Phoenix Open is the best party in golf. Hundreds of thousands of people are sure to flood the TPC at Scottsdale throughout the next few days, which creates a football-like arena for players that’s unlike any other venue in the traditionally mild-mannered sport.
At the heart of this overwhelming fanfare is the raucous par-3 16th hole, which now features over 200 skyboxes and a capacity of more than 20,000 people per day. But before the par-3 was entirely enclosed by stadium seating, a young Tiger Woods electrified the crowd with one of the most famous shots of his legendary career in 1997.
His hole-in-one sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy, and the series of violent fist pumps that he followed it up with added even more electricity to the unforgettable scene. Tiger’s aura had been building up to this moment, as he’d arrived on the PGA Tour as the most-hyped player in golf history. But this single swing upped his global popularity in a matter of seconds, and less than three months later he’d become the youngest player to ever win the Masters.
With Tiger playing in Dubai this week, can anyone recreate his magic on the 16th? Phil Mickelson is the biggest fan-favorite in the field, as he attended Arizona State University just down the road.
No pressure, Phil.