This is a photograph of the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open by pro golfer Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño:
— Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño (@gfcgolf) January 27, 2014
You may be wondering, why is a stadium surrounding a golf hole? The answer has to do with the record attendance numbers at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
On February 2, 2013, a record 179,022 spectators attended the third round of the Phoenix Open. For the entire week (including practice rounds), 525,821 spectators attended the tournament. The record was set in 2008, when attendance hit 538,356.
Getting back to the picture, the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale is a 162-yard par-3 with stadium style seating for fifteen thousand people. Some of the most incredible moments in golf history have occurred on the 16th.
Tiger Woods aced the 16th in 1997. Everyone knew Tiger was a special talent in 1997, but this was before he blew away the field at the 1997 Masters, and won 13 more majors over the next 11 years.
In 2011, Jarrod Lyle made a hole in one with the stadium seating as we know it today.
You also have the caddie race on the 16th.
The TV schedule is 3-7 pm ET on the Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the tournament is aired from 1-2:30 pm ET on the Golf Channel, and 3-6 pm ET on CBS.
Waste Management Phoenix Open attendance history since 1986.