Party on Waste! Party on Management! The Waste Management Phoenix Open has become a party legend in its own right. Each year thousands of party going Arizona State University students flock the gates to get their party on. Last year the event broke the previous years’ overall tournament attendance record by 63,745, totaling 719,179. During the rowdy four days of tournament play, thousands of beer-infused patrons flock to “The Colosseum,” one of the most famous par threes’ on tour. The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale is a tumultuous experience for the players, who face a 160 yard shot with 20,000 fans on razors edge massive cheers or exhausting sounds of disappointment. Nonetheless, each year brings a new set of superstars to the fold as well as some hardened veterans.
Gary Woodland is returning this year as the defending champion, last year Woodland won on the first playoff against Chez Reavie. Rickie Fowler is a well-known figure at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Even though he is pretty laid back, Fowler will be looking for redemption after letting a 54 hole lead slip on Sunday last year. Phil Mickelson will be making his first start since finishing second to Adam Long at the Desert Classic. Also in the field is the 2016-2017 champion in Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama finished T-3 last week at the Farmers Insurance Open with a final round 67.
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