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Feb
9
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

The Wild Side of Golf

You’ve probably read it by now, but if you haven’t checked out the latest edition of PGA Tour Confidential, you can find it here. We held the e-mail chain earlier than usual because of the Super Bowl and because of the Monday finish, obviously we didn’t discuss the results. However, we chewed over the the rowdy crowds at the Phoenix Open and the antics on the 16th — should other events adopt the model? What do you guys think?

Well, here’s an excerpt from our discussion:

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Feb
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Quiet please! Say what?

There’s nothing in golf that compares to the legendary 16th hole at the Phoenix Open. With the hole entirely enclosed by grandstands, it feels like you’re in a real stadium rather than a golf tournament. No. 16 is the only hole all year where heckling and loud cheering are not only acceptable, it’s expected. The atmosphere makes it seem like you’re at a football or baseball game — all the uptight, conservative customs synonymous to golf are thrown out the door. What’s most impressive is that the drunken yahoos in the stands actually do extensive research for material to use for their taunts at the players (and sometimes even their caddies).

Earlier this week, I caught up with several players for their thoughts on No. 16. The response? They love it. In fact, they’d like to see more of it in golf.

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