This week the PGA Tour makes the annual stop to TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Or what some fans and golf enthusiasts call the “Wasted Open.” The tournament in Arizona typically draws a younger fan base from nearby Arizona State University, which hence normally means more shenanigans.
Couple the younger atmosphere and maybe one of the most notorious holes in golf, the par-3 16th, and you get one of the more rowdy and electric tournaments of the season.
It also helps that some of the bigger names in the game attend the event, such as crowd favorite Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Speith, and Hideki Matsuyama. This week always seems to be dominated by low scoring, loud roars from #16, and lots of beer consumption.
My pick for this week’s tournament is young gun Justin Thomas. Thomas has been playing some of the best golf over the past few months, as he ranks top-10 in strokes gained tee to green and proximity to the hole. Expect a lot of birdies from all of the field, but especially Thomas as he’ll come in with the winning score of 15-under-par.
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