Just because the WM Phoenix Open isn’t an official Signature Event on this year’s schedule, the hundreds of thousands of fans breaking down the door to get into golf’s biggest party likely aren’t too concerned.
The WM Phoenix Open is still an event that draws eyeballs from the casual fan. The atmosphere is frankly more lively than the Super Bowl it annually shares a weekend with. The rabid frenzy of the famed par-3 16th hole at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale beats the stale corporate feel the Super Bowl has.
It’s a bizarro reversal of the two sports’ usual aesthetics, but I digress.
There’s a lot to like for the sicko golf fans who are watching for the pure competition. TPC Scottsdale features a lot of risk/reward holes. There isn’t much for juicy rough out there in Arizona, but if you go too offline, you can be in a debacle playing out of cacti or other desert terrain.
Not everyone has adoring galleries willing to lift giant boulders out of the way like a young Tiger Woods did at this event in 1999.
Four players in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking are teeing it up in this week’s 132-player event that makes a 36-hole cut for top 65 and ties.
Grass type on fairways and greens is TifDwarf Bermuda grass. It’s a variation of Bermuda often seen in the Southeastern U.S.
Believe it or not, there’s a chance for rain in the forecast during practice days and perhaps on Saturday. Fortunately, conditions won’t be as nasty as last week at Pebble Beach which was cut short to 54 holes due to immense rain and wind.
Temperatures will be cool in Arizona with temperatures in the 40s-60s and light wind. Don’t be surprised to see frost delays for the morning waves.
Let’s get down to brass tacks and see who’s poised to wow the fans at TPC Scottsdale and avoid the boos: