The PGA Tour is headed to Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix OpenJ from January 29-February 4. The tournament takes place at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Stadium Course. This PGA stop boasts the largest attendance on tour and it is an audience participation event, especially on the 16th hole. This hole can be considered the most famous hole on the tour. And the audience? Well to get a better idea of the attendance, consider the 207,000 fans attending last year…just on Saturday.
This year’s field is as talented as its ever been, featuring five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, who with a victory can become the first player since Arnold Palmer to win the event three consecutive times. It would also make him the fifth three-time winner in the tournament’s history, joining the likes of Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Mark Calcavecchia and Gene Littler. Others include Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.
The best part about this event?
A live 360 and VR experience will be available for all four rounds of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Similar to the TOUR’s Live VR events in 2017, this week’s coverage can be viewed globally in “360 video” on Twitter (twitter.com/PGATOUR), as well as through Samsung Gear VR via the “PGA TOUR VR Live” app.
Fans can now watch live in both 360 video and Cardboard VR via the PGA TOUR app on iOS. The “PGA TOUR VR Live” app will also launch on Daydream by Google – available on the Google Play Store – all at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. As the exclusive live virtual reality provider of the PGA TOUR, Intel will produce the live VR experience with Intel True VR technology, providing unprecedented access to areas on the course that can’t be experienced, even by fans on-site.
“The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most exciting in golf,” said Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR Chief Media Officer. “We look forward to bringing that excitement to our fans who can’t physically be at the tournament through live virtual reality. They will be able to experience all the thrills from home.”
The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET. CBS will take over on the weekend beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
CVS Health Charity Classic Donates $1 Million to Southern New England Charities
CVS Charity Classic Gives Back
On December 23 at the corporate headquarters of CVS Health, President and CEO Larry Merlo announced that the CVS Health Charity Classic has reached an important milestone – a total of $20 million dollars in philanthropic support to hundreds of nonprofits in southeastern New Englandsince the tournament’s inception in 1999. This year, the CVS Health Charity Classic donated more than $1 million dollars to nearly 100 area charities.
“The Charity Classic is one of the most important ways we give back in our home state,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairperson of the CVS Health Charity Classic “We are proud and honored to be able to support the invaluable work of these non-profits to support the communities we serve in the areas of education, health care, and social services.”
CVS Health CEO, Larry Merlo, alongside Tournament Chairperson Eileen Howard Boone, as well as PGA TOUR professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic Co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, awarded the 2017 donations in front of a crowd comprised of CVS Health colleagues, working charity partners that volunteer their time during the event series, many of the awarded non-profits, and Charity Classic sponsors.
Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, natives from Rhode Island who have been with the event since its inception and the reasons why so many great players have participated in this wonderful local event that has done so much to help local charities both spoke. “I’ve played in many charity tournaments like this, but our little state is kicking butt with how much money we have been able to raise over the years,” said a smiling Faxon.
Billy Andrade said, “I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since our first event in 1999. Seeing how much we have been able to do makes us all so proud.”
The 2017 dates were also announced by Merlo. “We will be hosting the event at Rhode Island Country Club, one of our great partners since the inception, on June 18, 19 and 20.”
In all, 77 local non-profit organizations across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts will benefit this year from the CVS Health Charity Classic.
2017 Solheim Cup Wrap Up
Another year, another heated USA vs. Europe duel in golf. This time on the lady’s side of things. Last week was the 15th Solheim Cup, and it did not disappoint.
This event wasn’t every hyped up before hand, I did not hear much about it personally. But I do have to say one thing about the event and the USA winning by the biggest margin since 1996.
The golf world watched, and liked it.
I was curious to see if the many people I follow on Twitter in the industry of golf, would give this event much love. I was blown away. My feed was loaded with duded rooting for Michelle Wie and talking about how cool the event was. But this years USA team was stacked, and no one was stopping them.
The team was made up of Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson and many more great golfers. Cristie Kerr was the USA’s workhorse going 3-0-1 to fuel the victory.
During the week the two teams battle in different formats. They include foursomes, fourball and singles. Like the Ryder Cup, they save the singles for Sunday when all the drama happens.
Lexi Thompson was trying to do her best Patrick Reed impression during the singles when the world number 2 was once down four, pulled some Captain America magic. She played holes 10-16 at 8 under!
That included a hole out eagle on 11 that got all of the gallery on their feet. The funniest moment of the day was captured on accident, and Twitter did not let it slip.
USA’s captain was Juli Inkster and she would follow certain girls around all week. Well Sunday, when it was all but over, she had a Styrofoam cup with her. Probably a water who cares.
Nope, when people paused it, in black pen on the side of the cup read “Vodka Tonic”.
Safe to say the celebrating got started early and the USA defended the trophy to keep it on this side of the pond.