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Six Things You Might Not Know About The Waste Management Phoenix Open (as told by Communication Links’ own Rob Myers)

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Another Waste Management Phoenix Open has come and gone. And while the 80th edition of “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass” was a bit soggier than we would have liked, the rain didn’t dampen overall attendance or the excitement of the event. Attendance for the week set a new record as 564,368 fans watched golf’s best tackle the new and improved TPC Scottsdale.

Whether you watched this year’s tournament live and in-person at the TPC or tuned-in to Golf Channel and CBS’s television coverage, there are a few items you might not know about the world’s largest attended golf event. Did you know?

  1. When the first group of the day arrives on the 16th tee box, fans sing the national anthem. Players and fans place their hands over their hearts and together belt out an a cappella version the Star-Spangled Banner. We think that’s pretty cool.
  2. In the wee hours of Friday and Saturday mornings (hours before the 2nd and 3rd rounds begin) hundreds of fans lineup at the tournament entrance. What are they doing there so early? They’re getting ready to sprint to the 16th hole. That’s right, when the gates open at 7 AM (on Friday) and 8 AM (on Saturday) hundreds of fans (young and old) sprint to the 16th hole to stake their claim on a precious general admission seat near the tee box.
  3. 9,872 steps – that’s how many steps a standard bearer takes during one round at the WM Phoenix Open. If 2,000 steps equals approximately one mile, standard bearers (and golfers) walk just under five miles.
  4. The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open had over 900 credentialed media cover the event. That’s about 400 more than usual. Why the increase? Credit Tiger Woods, the Super Bowl being played across town in Glendale, one of the best fields in tournament history and (of course) the tournament’s terrific PR and Marketing agency.
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  6. Country singers Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen LOVE the WM Phoenix Open. In fact, Dierks’ father Leon (now deceased) was a Thunderbird and Dierks grew up attending the tournament. Is the photo (above) of Dierks, Jake, PGA TOUR star Rickie Fowler and Thunderbirds Brian Frakes and Andy Markham (taken after this year’s Annexus Pro-Am) the modern day equivalent of the famous Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope and Bob Goldwater photo? Time will tell, but the Phoenix Open has long been a place where golf’s best and top entertainers intermingle.
  7. Over 15 TONS (30,000 lbs.) of leftover food from the tournament was sent to Wastenot of Arizona to help feed the hungry. 15 TONS!!!!