More Than 719,000 People Attended the 2018 WMPO


The Waste Management Phoenix Open’s nickname is the Greatest Show on Grass and that moniker has been earned for a few reasons that don’t always include the golf that’s being played on the TPC Scottsdale layout.


For many around the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area, the WMPO is the biggest social event of the season, which leads to tremendous crowds, fabulous people watching and — wouldn’t you know it — some pretty good golf. The numbers that turn out to the WMPO each year are ridiculous, which makes the record-breaking attendance at this year’s event even more mind-boggling.’s Kevin Casey had the details, but keep in mind that an average PGA Tour event’s attendance for an entire week hovers somewhere in the 200,000-250,000 person range.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, if it’s known for anything, attracts an insane number of spectators for a golf tournament.

That trend continued in 2018, with another record-breaking week at TPC Scottsdale.

As Golf Channel’s Will Gray tweeted, the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open set a new tournament record for attendance with 719,179 spectators for the week.


And as you can see, three of the seven daily attendance records were smashed as well.

Of course, the high-energy atmosphere of the event – specifically at TPC Scottsdale’s par-3 16th – has played a massive role in these huge numbers. And while fan antics at the event don’t fit with everyone’s sensibilities, clearly there’s a large market for this.



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