The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open is on the PGA tour docket for this weekend. The Phoenix Open is in its 77th year and with that comes a tournament with a rich history. If you look at the winners in the tournaments history it is a who’s who of the history of golf. Players the likes of Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Phil Mickelson have been called champion after 72 holes have been completed.
Due to its long and storied history this tournament has known many names such as the Western Open, the Ben Hogan Invitational, the FBR Open and now the Waste Management Phoenix Open just to name a few. The host course of the tournament has been the TPC at Scottsdale for over 25 years. It is the second longest streak for a Tournament Players club to host a tournament only trailing the TPC at Sawgrass.
At this week’s tournament another green will be on display besides the fairways and greens. Waste Management is using the tournament they sponsor to work their green initiative. Items like recyclable materials for water displays, solar panel on hospitality tents and other are show their commitment to the environment. Below is their take on going green at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Okay now that I showed my mother earth side let’s get back to the course at hand. The TPC at Scottsdale is a 7,216 yard track that will play to a par of 71 over the next four days. The record low round in the Waste Management Phoenix Open belongs to a group consisting of Grant Waite in 1996, Mark Calcavecchia in 2001 and Phil Mickelson in 2005 who fired an 11-under par 60. Today, Bo Van Pelt fired a 59 while playing his final seven holes in seven under par. Since it is not considered a “competitive round” it will not live in the record books and the trio with 60 will still be the tournaments historical low round. Will Bo continue his play this weekend or will another take home the victory? I have a few players in mind with a great shot at navigating the TPC at Scottsdale, and their rowdy fans (just Google the 16th at TPC at Scottsdale to understand) to take home this week’s PGA prize and precious Fed Ex Cup points.
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