Each year I keep saying I am going to get a ticket to the Phoenix Open so I can experience exactly what the 16th hole at the TPC of Scottsdale is like during that event. Well, Maybe one day. Until then I guess I, like millions of you, will have to reside to the next best thing, watching the event on TV.
Was it me, or was there a feel of less excitement for this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open? Oh, yaw, there were the moments but over all it seemed like the crowd at the 16th hole was just not as pumped on Sunday as they usually get.
Its understood the dank weather this past Sunday in Scottsdale probably did not help things. Plus, having the event covered by the uninteresting Golf Channel probably did not help either. Having the USA Olympic Hockey team playing Canada for the Gold Medal may have played a big factor. And of course, the bleeding from the head wound golf received from an Escalade hitting a fire hydrant really did not help.
Golf sure needs the 16th Hole of the Phoenix Open. It is the few times when being rowdy is tolerated during a golf tournament. Its reputation is famous and every tour player knows that if they receive the honor of playing in the Phoenix Open they have to face “16”. Could it be that intimidation factor keeps a few of the top players from attending?
Did Poulter help or Hurt the 16th Hole?
Seems Ian Poulter, (my now biggest golf fan on Twitter), let off a little steam on the 16th in a way more suiting a Hockey player. The crowd can rub the players the wrong way. Yes, the price a player has to pay at the 16th Hole of the Phoenix Open.
Maybe we should all just plan on attending next year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open and support the Loudest Hole in Golf. I’m in, or you? Let me know how I can help.