Wednesday, February 24, 2010
If It's Phoenix, It's Gonna Be Wild
The next stop for the PGA touring pros is Phoenix, Arizona and the absolutely unreal Par 3, 16th hole. An enclosed spectator friendly hole like no other in golf, the 16th can be an imposing challenge for even the most seasoned of golfers. There is bustling, there is movement, there is noise, and there is unpredictability all rolled up in one. A Pro might hear his old college fight song, unflattering remarks about his hair or appearance, orchestrated chants, and just about anything under the Arizona sun the crazed fans in the stadium atmosphere that is the 16th can concoct. Golfers get cheered and booed, heckled and applauded, and then get the heck out of Dodge when they complete the hole. Kenny Perry returns as the defending champion at Phoenix, because in between all the mayhem, there really is a golf tournament going on.