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.
Golfweek.com’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.
Official numbers are in on the record-breaking crowds this week at TPC Scottsdale. pic.twitter.com/lrNJIEb80U
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) February 4, 2018
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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