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For the third time in the last five years, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has been named the PGA Tour’s ‘Tournament of the Year’.

The event, staged at the start of February at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona, was given the nod ahead of the other 47 tournaments that comprised the tour’s 2017/18 schedule.

Famous for its rowdy “Stadium Hole”, the par-3 16th, this year’s event attracted over 720,000 spectators – up by more than 63,000 on the previous year. 


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The 2018 Phoenix Open also raised a record amount – $12.2million for local charities – as Gary Woodland claimed his third PGA Tour title.

The tournament also tied with the Safeway Open for the “Most Fan-First Event” award, which recognises significant enhancements to the on-site fan experience.

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The tour’s Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer, Andy Pazder, said: “On behalf of the PGA Tour, I am pleased to congratulate the Waste Management Phoenix Open for these special recognitions.

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“The Thunderbirds and Waste Management worked tirelessly to continue and raise the bar across all facets of the event, and the fans responded.

“With the tour’s renewed focus on the fan experience on-site at tour events, we are excited to recognise the Waste Management Phoenix Open and all tournament winners on their efforts to improve and innovate the experience at PGA Tour events.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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