By Kikue Higuchi
The WM Phoenix Open tournament feels more like a huge festival than a serious golf tournament with a $20 million purse, including a cool $3.6 million check for the champ.
Saturday is historically the most popular day to attend the tournament with the 16th hole — a short par-3 with a legacy of holes-in-one — at the epicenter of the party. This year was no exception for the best-attended PGA tour event. Though the tournament stopped releasing official attendance numbers in 2018, when a record 216,818 fans passed through the gates for that year’s third round, organizers announced sellouts on both Friday and Saturday this year.
Kikue Higuchi is a sports media graduate student at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter @kychiguchi.