SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The self-proclaimed “Greenest Show on Grass” set a new attendance record Saturday at TPC Scottsdale.
The crowds were at a fever pitch hours before a shot was even fired during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Once everyone was inside the gates, tournament officials estimated that 216,818 fans flocked to the Stadium Course. It set a new single-day attendance record for the tournament, surpassing the 204,904 who attended the third round last year.
“At times it’s so loud that it’s almost easier to focus versus trying to hush the whole crowd and [having] a couple people yell here and there,” said Xander Schauffele, who enters the final round two shots behind Rickie Fowler. “But when everyone’s yelling, you can’t really hear anything."
The week-long attendance record of 655,434 set in 2017 will be demolished during the final round. There have already been an estimated 654,906 fans through the gates, including a Tuesday record of 41,125 and a Friday record of 191,400.
While the crowds are expected to thin somewhat Sunday, the tournament has had at least 50,000 fans on the final day every year since 2011.