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Get Ready for a Rowdy Weekend of Golf at the Phoenix Open

by Maura Hutchinson

Known as one of the rowdiest golf tournaments on the PGA schedule, the Phoenix Open has a varied and colourful history. From screaming spectators to hilarious “caddie races,” it’s a golf tournament like no other. A point perfectly illustrated by the shenanigans reserved for the par-3 16th hole.

With bleachers surrounding the tee box that can hold around 15,000 fans, the 16th can get loud, real loud. In 2014 the PGA banned the caddie races to the green and in 2015 set about putting an end to players and caddies throwing swag into the crowds, a decision that didn’t go down too well with fans or players.

While many questioned whether or not the “fun” was being taken out of the tournament it appears the regulations have done little to affect the crowds. During a week when golf fans seem to lose all sense of decorum and on-course etiquette, the Phoenix Open likes to prove it’s a tournament worth keeping your eye on.

This year the crowds in Scottsdale are expected to reach 600,000!  Known as the “Greatest Show on Grass,” the Phoenix Open is golf’s week to let loose and show the world how the game can get fun.  But don’t be fooled, with some of the biggest names in golf playing at TPC Scottsdale this weekend including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson this is a serious tournament.  Expect some great golf but also some good laughs.

Check out a few of our favourite moments from the infamous #16: