Written By;

Carl Sengstock

Bill Haas holds a 2 shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Haas started his first nine holes on fire with 3 birdies and an eagle for a -5 under par 31.

His second nine, which was the front side, as he started on the back, was a thing of beauty as he birdied 2 of the first 4 holes. He proceeded to finish with 5 straight pars for a 33 and a great opening round of 64.

His eagle on the par 5 15th holes was really textbook.

309 yard drive with 244 yards left to the green. Haas hits to 19′ and holes it for an eagle 3 before heading to the wild and crazy 16th at the TPC Scottsdale.

The 16th hole has become one of the most famous holes in the world.

They built sort of amphitheater around it. It is almost enclosed like an outdoor football stadium.

Yesterday they had over 16,000 people out there cheering like it was a football game. The active group that runs the tournament is called the “Thunderbirds” and they start construction of the sky boxes, etc. in October…………4 months to build and it takes them 2 months to tear down.

This tournament boasts that the whole week they make sure EVERYTHING is 100% recycled, including the stands and skybox.

There are over 300+ skyboxes sold and they have 3,500 general admission seats that patrons are allowed to use.

Just another example of how big corporate money has taken over these tournaments. Come Sunday there will be upwards of 25,000 people just around that hole.

The total that most tournaments have for a whole day around the golf course. Amazing…..if you want to party this is the place to be!

5 golfers are nipping at Bill Haas’s heels and are 2 behind and tied for second place. Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley, & Chris Kirk are all bunched together at -5 under par.

They will be trying to put the pressure on Hass Friday. Going to be a fun tournament to watch especially that wild and crazy 16th!!

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