The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be the most highly anticipated tournament of the year so far for the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods will be making his season debut on Thursday after missing most of 2014 with back injuries.
Woods has also changed his swing coach, and reportedly is making a fast recovery from his injuries. The last time that Woods played the Phoenix Open was in 1997, when he shot a hole-in-one on the 16th hole. Woods won the Masters for the first time that year, so he’ll look to have a strong outing as he looks to rebuild his career and become the world’s number one golfer again.
Woods has not won any of his four starts at Phoenix. He will have to fight off Bubba Watson and a talented field, as Watson’s long ball style plays perfectly into the wide fairways of TPC Scottsdale.
Due to the return of Woods and the proximity to Sunday’s Super Bowl in Glendale between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the TPC Scottsdale tournament is commanding some monstrous prices. According to TiqIQ, the average price of tickets to the Super Bowl is $5,700, significantly higher than any other event this year. With so many people in the area, demand has increased for the Phoenix Open and has led to an average price for this tournament of $142, which is the average for all four days of the tournament.
The most expensive day of the tournament is Thursday, as fans are eager to see how Woods fares after such a long time off.Thursday’s average asking price is $306, however the cheapest tickets are going for just $16. Fans will also be treated to a Darius Rucker concert on Thursday in the Coors Light Bird’s Nest at the Phoenix Open.
According to our partners at Hipmunk, hotels in Scottsdale have rates beginning for as low as $71, some of the cheapest rates available in the greater Phoenix area this weekend. As a point of comparison, the cheapest hotel you’ll be able to find near the University of Phoenix Stadium is $224, more than triple the price.
Woods isn’t the only player that will be headlining the leaderboards as Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Robert Allenby headline the star-studded field. It should be an interesting and entertaining four days of golf, and an opportunity for fans to see both the NFL and PGA’s best in one day.