Every year we go to the Farmers Open in Torrey Pines and then head out to Phoenix to attend the Waste Management Open. It’s one of my favorite things to do every year. The sound of the driver making contact and smacking those balls down the fairway is so exciting! If only I could get my drives to sound that way.
Every year we laugh about the differences between Phoenix Open and all other tournaments.
Noise levels! At all other tournaments the only time you’ll hear a crowd cheer is when the ball goes in the hole. Even then it’s only when there’s been an amazing shot.
At the Phoenix Open you hear screaming, talking (loud talking), people yelling for their buddies to wait up, and heckling all the time! The security along is constantly trying to keep people quite. When you have a beer stand right beside the number 15 green, with girls screaming happy hour prices you’re not going to get anyone to quiet down.
Attire. At most other golf tournaments everyone wears casual or country club attire.
At the Phoenix Open pretty much anything goes. Back in the early 90’s is was a big trend to wear your bikini under you outfit so that you could sunbath. I guess now that some of the outfits are as small as bikini’s that’s not necessary anymore. Now basically it’s a nightclub or a costume party.
Watching Golf. At most golf tournaments you go to watch golf. At the Phoenix Open most people go to watch other people not the actual tournament. I’d dare to guess that only about 40% even see a player swing a club.
For example, if you’re like my dear friend Bridgette, you could take the opportunity to enjoy some ice cream with out any of your kids nagging you for a bite.
Guns not permitted. Entering any PGA event you’ll see a sign with rules, one of which says that firearms are not permitted. I’m pretty sure that the Waste Management Open is the only PGA event where you’ll see “No Guns Allowed” behind every bar, beer garden and randomly through out the property.
Because the first thing you think of is “Honey, grab your pistol and let’s go watch some golf.” Then again, it is Arizona. 😉 Let’s also not forget that one of the reasons Tiger Wood’s doesn’t come to Phoenix anymore is because some crazy guy with a guy stalked him around the course.
Number 16. Is there any other PGA event that has a hole quite like number 16? Caddy races, dancing, or kicking footballs into the stands. It is shear craziness!
Last piece of advice, don’t tick off the short little security guard! She’ll scream at you at very inappropriate times. For example while Watson is tee off. Oops, that is a golf faux pas on her part.
The Waste Management Open really is “The Greatest Show on Grass.” If you’re a golf fan or even just a fan of people watching, make sure you put this tournament on your bucket list.
Oh and congrats to fellow ASU Alumni Phil Mickelson. Sir, you play one hell of a tournament.