The PGA Tour Comes to Arizona
The PGA tour is one of the most prestigious events in sports. Pitting the best golfers in the world against each other in a grueling 17-match tour is the highlight of the Golf world.
Many young, up-and-coming stars will find themselves on the green with more eyes on them than ever before. A yearly tradition that is making its way back to Arizona for...
The Phoenix Open
First beginning play in 1932 at the Phoenix Country Club and then moving to TPC Scottsdale (its current home) in 1987, the Open has been a staple of not only the Arizona golf scene but the PGA as a whole.
The Phoenix Open is the best-attended event in golf, drawing an average of a half-million viewers per year. Phoenix is home to some of the most iconic holes on the tour as well, such as Hole 16, or "The Coliseum" (given that name due to the wrap-around bleachers that surround the green).
The 2024 Stop
Coming off the Pebble Beach Tournament last weekend, Scottie Scheffler holds the lead with star Rory McIlroy hot on his heels. The Phoenix Open is anyone's game, however.
All eyes will be on Hole 16, one of the more statistically likely holes on the tour to sink a hole in one, causing the crowd (of mostly overserved college students) to erupt and throw their beverages onto the green.
This will shoot whoever is lucky enough to make the shot up the leaderboard and put them in a great position for the second leg of the tour. Miss the shot, however, and the crowd will boo until you make your way to the next hole, breaking the spirits of green jacket hopefuls.
The prize pot for the Phoenix Open this year is $8.8 Million, giving players a great reason to perform their best in hopes of adding more to their growing earnings from the season.
The Tournament opens on Thursday, February 8, and closes on Sunday February 11.
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