Tag Archives: TPC Scottsdale

Feb
7
2016

Hideki Matsuyama outlasted Rickie Fowler in a playoff, making par on the last hole in sudden death to capture his second PGA Tour victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Well, I certainly put my foot in my mouth, so to speak (when I tweeted that Rickie had locked up the win after his tee shot on 16, but hey, I wasn’t the only one!). That’s why you don’t call golf tournaments with two holes to play, but really, those holes aren’t very hard. I, like others watching, figured he’d play it safe on the risk-reward drivable par-4 17th and tee off with an iron — or at most, a fairway wood. Right?

Apparently not. That’s where it all went awry. 

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Feb
5
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

36-hole leader James Hahn sat down in the man-of-the-hour chair in the interview room at the Phoenix Open Friday evening and quipped, “You know I’m not Danny Lee…right?” Hey, totally fair comment from him — I mean, they do kind of look alike! Maybe? They’re both Asian? But I digress. I’m late for dinner and there are probably about three people who are going to read this (Hi, Dad!), so I’m going to try and make this as speedy as possible. Fingers crossed!

Hahn, who essentially lives down the street from TPC Scottsdale at Greyhawk, fired a six-under 65 in the second round for a two-day total of 10-under to take a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and his twin Danny Lee. The 34-year-old American, who secured his maiden victory on the PGA Tour last year at Riviera, is a member here and played and practiced at the facility until recently. He feels so comfortable at TPC Scottsdale that he didn’t even play a single hole in practice this week. 

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Feb
5
2016
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Ian Poulter putting one-handed (via CBSSports.com)

Ian Poulter pulled somewhat of a risky move in front of the rowdy fans on the par-3 16th during the second round of the Phoenix Open. Well, he actually might have been trying to show off, but it unfortunately back-fired on him.

Poulter knocked his tee shot to about eight feet. He, then, put his left hand in his pocket and kept the right hand on the putter grip and rolled the putt just like that. Yes, one-handed! He missed. You can only imagine the crowd’s reaction.

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Feb
5
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Over the years, Bubba Watson has had a well-documented habit of putting his foot in his mouth. Earlier this week in his pre-tournament presser at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the two-time Masters champion said he didn’t like the golf course (TPC Scottsdale) and he was only playing in the event “because of my sponsors.

Following his second straight two-under 69 Friday, Watson, who happens to have an excellent record at this venue, apologized for his comments.

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Feb
3
2016

Phoenix Open

Hello from the Phoenix Open! It’s a little chillier than we’d like as it was only in the high 50s today. Okay, okay, I can feel the dirty looks from everyone who is buried in the snow and cold. It was indeed a beautiful day at TPC Scottsdale — as long as you were in the sun.

The crowds and drunks were out in full force at the famed — or notorious — par-3 16th Stadium hole. It was especially crazy for a Wednesday, but per usual, the atmosphere was absolutely electrifying. Before I launch into some odds and ends from the day, let’s start with the juiciest (or most obnoxious, depending on how you see it) of them all…

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Jan
30
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods opened up his presser with a Marshawn Lynch joke, cracking, “I’m just doing this so I don’t get fined,” as he stepped up to the podium. For a guy who shot his worst-career round of his PGA Tour career with an 11-over 82, that was somewhat surprising, but sometimes you have to turn to humor when things go so poorly.

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Jan
29
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

On Thursday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open amidst the notoriously rowdy and large crowds at the Tour’s biggest “party” stop, Tiger Woods made his second competitive start in six months. And it certainly showed, particularly with his chipping — which apparently hasn’t improved much since the Hero World Challenge in December, where he looked more like a weekend hack around the greens, blading and chunking chips, instead of a fourteen-time major champion. Well, it was more of the same in the first round at TPC Scottsdale.

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Jan
27
2015

A defiant Robert Allenby met with the media on Tuesday morning at TPC Scottsdale, where he’ll play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an event perhaps more well known for its rowdy crowds and parties than for the golf. With many questions left unanswered, including reportedly a visit to a strip club, and contradicting accounts over his story about getting beaten, robbed and kidnapped in Honolulu, Allenby stood by his original tale, and then blamed the media for his ensuing travails and speculation (which was really not a good tatic).

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Jan
27
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, who is making his first start in 2015 on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, was in good spirits when he met with the media on Tuesday morning at TPC Scottsdale. Woods discussed a variety of topics, but let’s first address the one that’s most intriguing: The incident involving his missing tooth last week while he was watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn set the all-time record for World Cup wins with 63. 

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Jan
9
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods
Tiger celebrates his hole-in-one on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 1997

Tiger celebrates his hole-in-one on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 1997

Well, I never thought I’d see the day where Tiger Woods would tee it up at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After all, he hasn’t played in the event since 2001 (not to mention it’s absolute mayhem at that tournament even without Woods in the field). But, apparently it turns out I will see Woods make a start at TPC Scottsdale in just a few weeks.

Tiger officially announced via his website that he would make his 2015 debut in Phoenix.

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