Changes to No 16 at TPC Scottsdale to make hole rowdier

By Brian HewittDecember 31, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 FBR OpenOn New Years Eve its appropriate that news out of Arizona is all about making golfs biggest party an even bigger celebration.
Specifically, FBR Open officials have confirmed that the infamous par-3 16th at the TPC Scottsdale is now, and will remain, completely enclosed by seating. This will give new meaning to phrase stadium golf when the PGA Tour arrives there in less than a month.
Were always looking to redefine ourselves, tournament chairman John Felix told And this puts a peak on a peak.
Par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale
A mock-up of what the par-3 16th will look like at TPC Scottsdale.
For years the 16th at TPC Scottsdale has billed itself as the noisiest hole on Tour. Now there should be no argument. The tournament has added 3,000 bleachers behind the green which means, among other things, that the hole will be completely surrounded by seating. The move will raise the crowd capacity ' on this one hole ' to nearly 20,000 people.
Even better for the common man, the bleacher seats are not for sale to corporations. Some of the seats, Felix said, will also afford a view from behind the tee box of the short par-4 17th.
Im not sure Id want a steady diet of this, said Tour veteran Bart Bryant when apprised of the changes. But once a year Im OK with it.
The players just need to go with this, added former Tour pro Brian Mogg, now a top 100 golf instructor. Mogg was working on the range in Orlando with Bryant Tuesday when both heard the details about the 16th.
There are 1,000-plus holes on the PGA Tour, Mogg said. This is good for the Tour and healthy. And it helps brand the event.
Felix said the city of Scottsdale and the PGA Tour have both signed off on the stadium concept. So, too, have the Thunderbirds, the local civic group that stages the tournament.
Felix said part of the reason for the new configuration was to aid the players. Previously, it was difficult for them to get from the 16th green to the 17th tee. Now they will not only walk through a tunnel from the 15th green to the 16th tee, but they will also move through a similar new tunnel from the 16th green to the 17th tee.
That will definitely help, said Bryant.
Tunnel in and tunnel out, Felix said, making it sound a little like a stage direction from the set of Russell Crowes Gladiator.
Felix said the new seats are being called bleachers but are actually tip-up seats. He said the new configuration will change the amount of sunlight and air-flow that reaches the 16th green. And, he added, staff agronomists already are taking precautions to ensure the turfgrass and putting surfaces are not affected.
Bryant pointed out that because of frequent frost delays in January in Scottsdale, players often arrive at the 16th hole later in the day than scheduled. That often means spectators are even more alcohol-fueled than usual. Officials have tried, with varying degrees of success over the years, to control and/or limit the supply of alcohol reaching the fans at No. 16.
Bryant said he was putting out on the 16th green one year when, less than 20 yards away, a fight broke out in the crowd. It was so noisy, Bryant said, we didnt even know there was a fight.
Meanwhile, the branding of the 16th at TPC Scottsdale continues. We think certain holes on Tour are identified simply by their number, Felix said. When you say No. 17, you know people are talking about the island green at TPC Sawgrass. We like to think when you say No. 16 you know people are talking about our No. 16.
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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

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“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament

In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”

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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

By Grill Room TeamJune 21, 2018, 6:35 pm

It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.