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Waste Management Open plays with fire, gets burned in the process

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The weather obviously hasn’t been kind to this year’s Waste Management Open. For a tournament that’s been known to bring out fans in droves, this week’s event has been a serious letdown.

But it’s not due to the golf. Some untimely winter weather in the Phoenix area played a huge role, as did the decision to keep the event at 72 holes instead of cutting it to 54 and getting the entire event done in one weekend. The decision to keep the tournament going into Monday wasn’t an easy one — especially with Sunday’s third and fourth rounds dragging on into the evening, thereby leaving the tournament short on fans by the end of the day.

While there are just a handful of players on the course, there’s definitely some drama left in the tournament. Five players teeing off this morning are within three shots of Mark Wilson’s lead, and with some definite risk-reward holes remaining on TPC Scottsdale’s back nine, there’s a chance we could see a down-to-the-wire finish.

It’s a shame nobody will be around to see it. As AZ Central reported, tournament organizers are bracing for anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 (wide margin, I know) fans to show up for tomorrow’s extended final round.

I don’t know about you, but I think the tournament would have been better off cutting to 54 holes and fighting to live another year. Organizers have already resigned themselves to the fact that they won’t make a dime tomorrow (admission is free). It’s great to see the tournament trying to get the whole event in, but still, is it really worth fighting the Super Bowl for fans?

You could have easily gotten a shortened 54-hole event in and been able to get everyone home by kickoff. Plus, you would have retained a lot of the buzz that usually surrounds one of the best events on tour. It would have been a win-win for the fans, media and tournament organizes.


Written by Jonathan Wall

02/07/2011 at 8:00 am

Posted in PGA Tour

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  1. It was strange seeing the 16th hole empty. I thought there was a pretty good turnout on the 18th for a Monday morning but it wasn’t crowded by any means.

    02/07/2011 at 6:44 pm

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