Category: Waste Management Phoenix Open


August 14, 2013

End of a tradition: No more caddie races on tour

Posted at 11:58 AM by Scooby Axson

PGA Tour officials are now concerned about caddie races, banning the "event" from the tour because of the safety concerns.

The races were a big hit during tournaments at TPC Scottsdale and the Colonial.

Instead of watching caddies live out their Usain Bolt fantasties, tournament officials will offer an app fans can download so they can guess which golfer will reach the green the fastest on the par-3 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Sounds like seconds of fun.

"We have advised the folks at Colonial and out in Phoenix to discontinue the caddie races. It was a situation where we developed a little concern about caddies' safety," Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's executive vice president and chief of operations, said to the Golf Channel. Running 150 yards puts caddies at risk for injury. I had caddies come to me in Phoenix and at Colonial saying, ‘This is ridiculous, it's like we are a carnival show.'”

 

February 02, 2013

Padraig Harrington kicks a field goal at Phoenix Open's par-3 16th

Posted at 10:20 PM by Golf.com

Besides the golf clubs, there's another benefit for Padraig Harrington being sponsored by Wilson -- free footballs. Harrington shared some pig skins with the fans at No. 16 Saturday by kicking a field goal and punting footballs into the stands. Is there still time to get him suited up for the 49ers or Ravens?

RELATED GALLERY: Crazy fans at par-3 16th

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Phil Mickelson nearly aces par-3 16th at Phoenix Open

Posted at 9:58 PM by Golf.com

It's been a week of "almosts" for Phil Mickelson. He almost shot a 59 on Thursday. He almost broke the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record on Friday. And on Saturday, he almost scored an ace on the par-3 16th.

RELATED GALLERY: Crazy fans at par-3 16th

RELATED VIDEO: Harrington punts footballs to fans

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Caddies race, stumble and fall at Phoenix Open's par-3 16th

Posted at 9:54 PM by Golf.com

Just when you think it couldn't get any crazier at the par-3 16th at the Phoenix Open, it has. It's now become a tradition unlike any other -- caddie races. Yes, caddies now race each other from the tee box to the green at 16. Enjoy.

RELATED GALLERY: Crazy fans at par-3 16th

RELATED VIDEO: Harrington punts footballs to fans

RELATED VIDEO: Mickelson nearly aces par-3 16th

February 01, 2013

Live Coverage of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open: Round 2

Posted at 10:08 AM by Golf.com

Golf Magazine's Connell Barrett live blogged the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

VIDEO: Watch how close Phil Mickelson came to shooting 59

Posted at 9:39 AM by Mike Walker

How close was Phil Mickelson's putt for 59 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday? This close:

January 31, 2013

Bo Van Pelt shoots 59 in Phoenix Open pro-am

Posted at 12:14 PM by Mike Walker

Vanpelt2Talk about a good warm-up!

Bo Van Pelt shot a 59 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open pro-am on Wednesday. PGATour.com's Tour Report has the details:

Van Pelt, who had 10 birdies and one eagle in his round, played his last seven holes in 7 under. He hit the pin on the 17th hole, a 332-yard par 4, and nearly made an ace.

Since the score was shot during the pro-am and not in competition, though, it will not go down in the PGA TOUR record books. There have been five 59s in TOUR history, most recently in 2010 when Stuart Appleby fired one in the final round to win the Greenbrier Classic.

Van Pelt is playing with Kevin Stadler and Kevin Chappell in the first two rounds of the tournament.

[PHOTO: Van Pelt at the 2012 Tour Championship in Atlanta. Getty Images]

Live Coverage of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open: Round 1

Posted at 9:57 AM by Golf.com

Golf.com live blogged the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

January 29, 2013

NBC and Golf Channel to air Phoenix Open simultaneously

Posted at 4:39 PM by Mike Walker

JohnnymillerThe Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is so much fun that NBC Sports and Golf Channel are going to broadcast it twice.

The two networks are partners, both owned by corporate daddy Comcast, the cable giant. Golf Channel usually covers the early weekend golf before switching over to NBC Sports for the 3-6 p.m. Eastern time finish.

This weekend, however, Golf Channel will stay on the air from 3-5 p.m. Eastern to cover the action on TPC Scottsdale’s 15th, 16th and 17th holes while the regular NBC telecast with Johnny Miller [right] is on the air. The par-3 16th is one of the most famous par 3s in golf due to the wild and raucous crowds who cheer -- or boo -- every shot. Here's part of the press release:

While NBC is on the air live from 3-6 p.m. ET this weekend with traditional coverage, Golf Channel also will be on the air live with its Spotlight coverage, but focusing only on the challenging stretch that encompasses the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. The 15th hole is a par 5 that can be reached in two, making eagle chances well within the realm of possibility. The 16th hole is the famous par 3 – known as “The Coliseum” – which is completely surrounded by as many as 20,000 rowdy spectators and creating a raucous atmosphere akin to a football game. And, the par 4 17th hole can be reached from the tee, but several greenside hazards pose interesting choices for gambling pros. Golf Channel’s Spotlight coverage will conclude at 5 p.m. ET each day, when viewers will be directed to the final hour of NBC’s third- and final-round coverage.

Here’s a helpful schedule if you’ve got an itchy clicker-finger. And the Super Bowl starts at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Thursday 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)

Friday 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)

Saturday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
Saturday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight coverage)

Sunday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight coverage)

[Photo: Getty Images]

VIDEO: Watch Charles Barkley give Phoenix Open weather report

Posted at 2:27 PM by Mike Walker

Add meteorology to the long list of things Charles Barkley does better than play golf.

The NBA Hall of Famer, TNT broadcaster and passionate hacker interrupted the TV weather report on ABC15-TV Phoenix to find out what the forecast will be for this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open pro-am and tournament at TPC Scottsdale. Look out, Al Roker!

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