Of all the holes in professional golf, the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open – TPC Scottsdale, is my favorite. The Phoenix Open is self-touted as “The Greatest Show on Grass”! I would have to agree, only because of the 16th hole. It is unlike any other in golf hole because of the atmosphere, design and antics by the fans and players. I could watch the 16th hole all day!
At 163 yards, this hole more akin the sports game played in a stadium, but is only one small part for the entire round. All the give aways, the shouting, the pressure of making a poor shot, the excitement of making a great shot provides a roller coaster of emotion all day long. If a professional thinks they are going to get out of the 16th hole unaffected, they need to re-examine their approach to golf.
The Waste Management is a fun event, I would be remiss if I did not identify the great charity work this professional tournament provides. “The Waste Management Phoenix Open and the tournament host Thunderbirds raise money for charities, most of which provide programs that benefit youth. Recent beneficiaries include Phoenix Children’s Hospital, First Tee of Phoenix, Special Olympics Arizona, Homeward Bound, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Waste Not, Junior Golf Association of Arizona, Elevate Phoenix, A New Leaf and Tumbleweed. The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open raised more than $10.1 million dollars for charity, setting a tournament record, and The Thunderbirds have raised more than $122 million in the tournament’s 82-year history. (WMPO)
Do you like the 16th hole?
I am grateful golfer! See you on the links!