Tag Archives: Waste Management Open

Feb
2
2012
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Mania!

I’m almost certainly alone on this, but I don’t really find the 16th hole at this week’s mafia-sponsored Tour stop – that’s what the “Waste Management” part means, right? – all that exciting. And I certainly don’t consider it the template upon which we can base the future of televised golf.

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Feb
6
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Cheesehead!

When final-round play was suspended due to darkness on Sunday evening at TPC Scottsdale, Mark Wilson, who won last month’s Sony Open, held a two-stroke lead over third-round leader Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Jason Dufner and Vijay Singh at the (Phoenix) Waste Management Open. Wilson, a native of Wisconsin, wore a yellow visor and green shirt in support of the Green Bay Packers. He even broke out a cheesehead hat on No. 16 during the third round this morning (because of the frost delays, third round play wasn’t completed until Sunday afternoon).

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Feb
6
2011

The stands on No. 16 at 4pm on Super Bowl Sunday

The atmosphere on No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale was a little different on Sunday afternoon compared to the melee on Saturday. Not that this comes as a huge surprise — it’s the story every year, even when the final round of the Phoenix Open doesn’t coincide with the Super Bowl (like in 2010). Saturday’s recorded attendance reached 131,627, up from last year’s 121,221. On Super Bowl Sunday only 61,923 fans and party animals attended.

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Feb
5
2011
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

With Frost around the 18th green, a volunteer takes a nap during a frost delay prior to the first round

I mentioned in an earlier post that the gloriously titled Waste Management Open was heading for a Monday finish, but Geoff Shackelford has just popped up with a convenient compilation of reports and interviews on the subject. So, if you have a fetish for macro-logistics  or you just can’t live without knowing why 54 holes just isn’t cool, read on!

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Feb
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale

The atmosphere on the 16th hole was incredibly tame on Thursday afternoon during the weather-delayed Waste Management Open, which isn’t unusual since it’s only the first round, but it was unexpectedly civilized. Much of it was due to the freezing temperatures. I was wearing four layers, but still felt chilly unless I was standing in the sun. I was just disappointed that I didn’t hear any good taunts. But really, where have all the drunks gone?

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Feb
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson signs autographs after his round

In the frigid temperatures during the first-round of the Phoenix Open, which started four hours later than scheduled, Phil Mickelson was the only player brave enough to shed the layers and wear short sleeves. With half the field yet to complete first-round play, Phil is currently T8. Mickelson, who finished second at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, shot a four-under 67, despite spraying his first tee shot out of bounds.

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Feb
3
2011

A spectator walks toward TPC Scottsdale as icicles form on a water fountain

As expected, first-round play of the Phoenix Open has been delayed due to frost. In other words, the ground is frozen and temperatures aren’t rising at TPC Scottsdale. At 9:30am local time, it’s 32 degrees. Good news is that it’s finally not below freezing! Right now, officials hope to start play around 10:40am (three-hour delay), but look for the delay to be delayed again.

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Feb
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Balls in the Air

Welcome to Balls in the Air, where I size up my Fantasy Golf picks of the week, featuring guys to watch (or not) and interesting story lines. Disclaimer: My picks may suck, but I do think through the factors that may weigh in.

Brrrrr: It's cold!

Welcome to the Phoenix Open, the Greatest Show on the Frost, the Tour’s Party Stop, where golf is secondary for the fans and beer is primary. Unfortunately, we’ve had a chilly front come through Scottsdale the past few days. Wednesday’s pro-am was canceled because the greens were frozen. Chances of play on Thursday kicking off as scheduled appear very slim. Golfers playing in the morning wave, check the phones for text message updates and then go back to sleep. Guys in the afternoon wave should just be on-call starting around noon, but realize the odds are slim that they’ll tee off. Bring games and iPads!

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