Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sweet Home Arizona

Aerial view of the Stadium Hole #16 at TPC Scottsdale.  This is where the party happens at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
by Roz Roberts III and Randy Roberts

As a kid growing up in Tucson, Arizona Michael Thompson always dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour in Arizona.  Tomorrow, Michael gets his chance when the Waste Management Phoenix Open gets underway at TPC Scottsdale. 

Talk about an exciting way to realize your dream.  The WMPO consistently boasts the largest crowds for ANY golf event - more than 100,000 people a day.  It's also known for the "The Coliseum"; the par 3 fully enclosed 16th hole that has stadium seating for more than 30,000 people.  It's the biggest party on the PGA Tour; alcohol is plentiful and the crowd is raucous.  To get an idea of what "The Colesium" is all about, check out the video at the bottom of this post.

After the Farmers Insurance Open, Michael flew out to Tucson to get some practice time with his swing coach Susie Meyers. He will have some extra support this week as he will have local family, friends, and fans from his home state of Arizona following him.

Michael will be paired with Jason Dufner and Matthew Goggin for the first two rounds.  The group gets their first round underway at 12:52pm Arizona time from the first hole.  By the time they reach "The Coliseum", the crowd should be well lubricated.

Television Coverage
The first two rounds will be aired on the Golf Channel from 4pm - 7pm ET.

Online Scoring Links
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

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