THE US PGA TOUR moves to the exotically named Waste Management Phoenix Open this week at the amazing TPC Scottsdale.
This tournament has carved out its own niche on the tour schedule and usually attracts around 500,000 excited fans, mostly because they are usually treated to a real golfing spectacle at a course that has been built and developed with the fans as a major priority.
This is particularly the case at the 16th hole, a 162 yard par 3 that is surrounded by massive grandstands.
Many will recall the response Jarrod Lyle received when he became the first player to ace this hole in 2011 (Video below).
Jarrod won’t be playing this week but there will be six Aussies battling for the title, led by star performers from last week, Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day.
Baddeley actually won this event in 2007 and his 6th at Torrey Pines last week shows he has regained some form. Day has never done better than 20th in two previous starts but had the best final round score in California and also seems back on track.
The other Aussies teeing it up include Geoff Ogilvy, Marc Leishman, Greg Chalmers and Alistair Presnell, who got a start when he won Monday qualifying.
The defending champion is Kyle Stanley, while other notables include Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner (back from the Middle East), Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher.
The two Europeans will be playing the event for the first time and are looking forward to the atmosphere.
“It always looked like an amazing tournament to come play in,” said Englishman Rose after a practice round this week. “I’d only played the course a couple of times on the video game, so yesterday was my first real look at it. … Hopefully this place will inspire me.”
Fox Sports Television Coverage
Live coverage of the Phoenix Open begins Friday 8am to 11am.
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