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Wednesday 1st February 2017

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WEDNESDAY 1.2.17 SUBSCRIBE WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS WEEKLY STATS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt Tel: 01 5036090 CONTACT US Match Play Media Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, Golf House, Buckley's Lane, Main Street Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Denis Kirwin, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: Photography:, R&A, Pat Cashman, Getty Images, USGA Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2017. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team I t's a desert swing this week on both main tours as the PGA Tour stops off for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the European Tour head to Dubai or the Desert Classic. This year marks the 31st year of the Stadium Course hosting the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The event seems to break attendance records every year and will have over 500,000 fans through the gates this week. The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is a challenging course in itself, but the real fun begins at the par- 3 16th hole. Last year they added yet anoth- er deck (now three) to create an even grander stadium stage. The hole can easily fit 15,000 specta- tors and draws capacity crowds, creating one of the most unique and raucous settings in golf. It's the closest thing the PGA Tour has to a student section. The "people's major," as it's been dubbed, has become the biggest, baddest bash in golf. With many of the spectators be- ing "well oiled" you can expect noise at the 16th making it an in- timidating yet really fun environ- ment that most players seem to embrace. The 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open A "WELL OILED" GOLF HOLE

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