Jan 30th, 2019

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

GP's tribute to the best golf shindig out there

It's back! The event that totally signals the start of the golf season proper. I look forward to this week as soon as Christmas makes way for the new year and, no offence to the Saudi International, there's only one game in town this week.

The 16th at The Phoenix Waste Management gives me hope for golf. The sport might be considered relatively passive in terms of other spectator sports but this golf hole, along with the Ryder Cup, makes me think there is an exciting future for the game we love so much.

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From the moment players tee off on 15 and start walking the fairway, they are consumed by what will happen at 16. It's enough to make a grown man run for the hills when you hear the roars, cheers and derision dished out by the 16,000 baying, swarming and largely drunk spectators.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC7ljEmCXxQ

Sawgrass has it's infamous island green 17th and it's great, but the 16th at Phoenix is the only place where golf fans really get to unleash their passion and truly get to be 'part' of the event. They get dressed up like berks, drink lots of beer and generally have the times of their lives.

Miss the green and you'll want the ground to open up beneath you. Hit it close and you'll be walking on air all the way up to the green. Hole it and, well, just ask Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari.

Anyway, along with Tiger, Francesco, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Shawn Stefani, GP pays tribute to golf's most colourful hole...

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

It'll never catch on, you know...

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

Enter the dragon's lair. Well, the lair of several thousand tanked-up GolfPunks...

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

"Sod this for a game of soldiers, I'm going home..."

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

Fair enough, they missed the green, but there was no need to put their heads on spikes...

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

"Whatdyamean you've never heard of me?" Shawn Stefani can't get no respect...

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

Look, it's Shawn Stefani!

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th"Hey Shawn, next time wear a ridiculous hat, you'll have 'em eating out of your hands". Sound advice from Morgan Hoffman.

 

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

It's 2015 and Tiger seeking inspiration from 1997...

 

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th"Oi, give Hoffman his hat back, dude!"

 

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16thEven the pros can get it wrong: Bubba duffs his visor 

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

2015: Anything Tiger can do... 

 

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16thYou've got a lot to answer for, young man

 

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16thAnd as for you guys...

A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

Over to you Keith Pelley & Tim Finchem... 

 

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A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

 

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A golf love letter to the Phoenix Open 16th

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TAGS:Phoenix Waste Management 2016, Phoenix Waste Management 2016 Rickie Fowler, Phoenix Waste Management 2016 Bubba Watson