Easier 71 on the PGA Tour in 2013, the TPC Scottsdale Stadium of nevertheless a unique course where uncontrolled excesses are common, especially on the last day, all in an atmosphere far from the label promoted by the Royal & Ancient . Welcome to the most unique tournament of the season in the United States!
With the Players Championship and the RBC Heritage, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is certainly one of the most anticipated regular season by players on the PGA Tour appointment.
It happens indeed always something on the TPC Scottsdale Stadium (Arizona), built in 1986 by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, along 7216 yards (6598 meters) and presented as the easiest par 71 in 2013 (68.954 average). In 2012, leading with three shots ahead at the start of the fourth round, Spencer Levin had completely cracked and before offering the victory to his compatriot Kyle Stanley. Last year, Phil Mickelson was on the verge of a historic score 59 on the first day before winning by a margin of four shots over Brandt Snedeker, unhappy hero of the 2010 edition, leading after 54 holes but author a terrible 78 (6) in the final package.
Ace Tiger In 1997
Rigged the same week as the Super Bowl, rendezvous for the American people opposing this Sunday in New York to Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks, this tournament $ 6.2 million endowment ($ 1.1 million for the winner), beyond the many twists and turns that have made its brand is also bathed in a crazy atmosphere, not to say slightly tipsy. The focal point of this legendary event, let us recall born in 1932, is located on the famous 16th hole, a par 3 of 162 yards (148 meters) completely surrounded by grandstands which collects not less than 20 000 people daily. Boiling hot, the public, helped by gallons of beer ingested, stirred and notes with large boxes encrypted way Ecole des Fans exploits of players, somewhat intimidated by such fervor away from the label standards advocated by the Royal & Ancient. At each departure, the audience just waiting: the hole in one, only eight golfers managed to achieve since 1987. Moreover, it slammed by Tiger Woods in 1997 never ceases to spend on television screens the week the Waste Management Phoenix Open is at the heart of the news.
Pass Four Lefty?
Forty-five percent of the first players in the world rankings are enrolled this year, but among them, one resident of the Top 10. This is obviously Phil Mickelson, the world No. 4, who takes this week’s 25th start. Former student at ASU (Arizona State University), Lefty, who necessarily knows by heart the route, the addition as a bit of a … son. Better yet, after 1996, 2005 and 2013, it can become the first to win this tournament four times and thus exceed Arnold Palmer, Gene and Litter Mark Calcavecchia. One thing is for sure, these three are “small players” next to Mickelson when his pocketed by Phoenix gains are consulted. Californian appears indeed a record total of 3 689 782 dollars! Does it happen to grow a little more away in 2014, despite a bad back that forced him to leave last week at Torrey Pines just after crossing the cut? Hard to say. The defending champion went into the State of Georgia to consult a back specialist, Tom Boers. It is in any case scheduled Thursday at 8:15 am (4:15 p.m. in France) along with Ryan Moore and Bill Haas.
Woodland, The Vengeful
Other favorites are called Webb Simpson, 8th in 2011 and 2012 but only 23rd in the Humana Challenge in La Quinta there fortnight, Gary Woodland, in the lead after three rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2014 and seven Tops 25 of his last eleven departures, Australian Marc Leishman, 2nd Torrey Pines on Sunday, Canadian Graham DeLaet, never ranked beyond the 7th place in his last three tournaments played, or Chris Kirk, currently 2nd in the FedEx Cup, the 24th by Phoenix in 2013 but the second the Sony Open in Hawaii on January 12 … In short, once again, nothing in the world do not miss this event honestly like no other!
Players To Watch
Phil Mickelson (USA), Ian Poulter (Eng), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Lee Westwood (Eng), Bill Haas (USA), Bubba Watson (USA), Ryan Moore (USA), Graham DeLaet (Can), Marc Leishman (Aus), Hunter Mahan (USA), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Billy Horschel (USA), Patrick Reed (USA), Harris English (USA), Chris Kirk (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Scott Stallings (USA), Gary Woodland (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Charley Hoffman (USA).
To Follow The Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGA Tour) TV:
Thursday, 30 January: 1st round 21:00 (Golf +) A 11:20 p.m. (Sport +)
Friday, 31 January: 2nd round 21:00 (Golf +) A 11:30 p.m. (Sport +)
Saturday 1st February: 3rd round 21:00 (Golf +) A 0:10 (Sport +)
Sunday, February 2: 21:00 4th Round (Golf +) A 11:55 p.m. (Sport +)