I always picture a group of Thunderbirds rolling up the sleeves of their blue suede sweaters and throwing darts at new record attendance numbers to announce annually.
Because right on cue, they set new records again at the 2016 Waste Management Open. Mitzvah!
Brian Wacker's tweet of the media center attendance board:
Jut a few people here today 😯🏌⛳️ #PGATOUR #WMPhoenixOpen— Brian Wacker (@pgatour_brianw)
Though I'm with reader Chris, who noted that extra three just looks a little too perfectly imperfect:— Chris (@GolfGuy77)
This noted, the Thunderbirds should also be praised for their ticket pricing, which encourages large crowds on a course that is pretty easy for spectators to actually see golf without working too hard.
Monday, Tuesday: FREE
Wednesday – Thursday: $30
Friday – Sunday: $40
Ages 17 & under are free when accompanied by an adult.
At the recently played Farmers Insurance Open, the admission price is $50, with the course closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday. The $50 price might explain the ghost town vibe there this year on Thursday.
Adult – $50 / Seniors – $35
Youth 13-17 – $10 / Kids 12 & under – free
Military FREE with ID
At the upcoming Northern Trust Open, the pricing is both higher and harder to comprehend.
Monday Collegiate Pro-Am: $19
Course closed Tuesday (oy vey)
Wednesday Pro-Am: $19
Thursday Regular Price: $39
Friday Regular Price: $49
Saturday Regular Price: $59 (includes English Beat concert)
Sunday: Regular Price: $49
Any Day Flex Ticket Regular Price: $64
Season Badge Regular Price: $139
Ages 17 & under are free when accompanied by an adult
Military Free with ID
Update on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 08:02 AM by and talked to a skeptic who probably would cut the numbers almost in half.
For its estimates, the Phoenix Open uses 3.2 people per car. "That seems awfully high, " Doig said. "Americans just don't do that. I'm sure there are cars with four people, but I suspect lots of them have one or two. I could probably live with two per car."
Update on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 09:06 AM by as the largest in golf history.
Update on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 06:24 PM by— Jeff Babineau (@GolfweekBabz)