All right, now we are rolling into the PGA Tour season. This week the Tour heads to Phoenix for what is one of the coolest events of the year. Let’s take a look at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Tournament: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Location: TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Dates: 1/31/13 – 2/3/13
For a tournament that is sponsored by a garbage company, the Phoenix Open is one of the most popular tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule. This tournament has a reputation as one of the most fan-accessible and it is easy to see why when you take a look at the “Loudest Hole in Golf.” (Note: Tap In Golf moves to change the name of the 16th hole to the “Drunkest Hole in Golf.”) Seriously, this is one of the coolest moments that I’ve seen in the game of golf:
I’ve never had a hole in one, but I bet it is even better when 30,000 people are going nuts. Anyway, enough reminiscing, let’s get back to present day. You won’t get a moment this year like the one above for one glaring reason, no Tiger this year at the Phoenix Open. But, that’s okay, people. There is plenty to look forward to this week.
Now that I have told you how much fun this tournament and course are, I will completely contradict myself and say that the top storyline this week takes place off the course. That’s right folks, more off the course controversy. Last week we had Phil complaining about his taxes in California. This week, we are talking about deer antlers! Huh?
Performance enhancing drugs have been a huge topic recently in professional sports and golf is not immune to the controversy. There have always been rumors that Tiger has used PEDs for years, but now there is another target: Vijay Singh. Really? Vijay? Okay. I mean I guess it makes sense. A guy, getting up there in age, wants to stay young. His PED of choice? Deer Antler Spray.
For those of you unfamiliar, it is believed that deer antlers regenerate extremely quickly. So, you take some deer antler, spray it under your tongue and voila, you are regenerating parts of your body like an 8 point buck. Sounds good in theory, but it is actually banned by the PGA Tour and almost every other professional sport. Will Vijay and his new deer like body be in contention this week? Will he be sporting horns on top of his visor? We will sure find out this weekend.
As for play on the course, I have been flat out terrible at picking winners, or even guys that will contend. Last week, I picked Rickie Fowler. Now, Rick did make a strong comeback over the weekend, but after the first round, he was dead last. My credibility and, more importantly, my ego were taking a big hit. With that being said, I will once again throw my self under the bus.
I like Charles Howell III. Chuckie Three Sticks has been playing very, very well this year. He has three top-10 finishes this year, while playing 3 tournaments. Also, as far as I know, Chuckie doesn’t have a fondness for animal parts in spray form. I think that gets him a win this week. Or, given my track record, he will finish last and start cutting protein powder with ground up rhinoceros horns. Either way, it should be fun to watch!
On Tap Recommendation: With all this talk of Deer Antler Spray, it got me to thinking. Would it be good in a cocktail? A quick internet search reveals that you can indeed purchase this stuff online. What is the appropriate mixer? Can I spray it on my scotch? Do I mix with my gin and tonic? Tough decisions. If you are thinking about going the more traditional route, I recommend Miller Lite aluminum pints. You may think that is boring, but hear me out. First, Waste Management is all about recycling. Do your part for the environment and recycle your empties. If you drink enough, you are really helping out the environment. Second, you will fit in with all the drunk yahoos on the 16th hole. To make yourself really feel like you are there, scream things like “MASHED POTATOES” at your television. Just don’t yell “get in the hole.” If you do that, everyone hates you. Cheers everyone!