Phoenix’s 16th hole

The 16th hole of the Phoenix Open has now been transformed into a no fun area, although that fun was going a bit too far. Hole number 16 is known as the rowdiest spot in the entire circuit, this probably happens because it’s rely close to the playing field and this kind of attitude has been encouraged throughout the years. First on the list of banned practices were the caddie races that occurred there, now throwing stuff to the public has been banned.

Over time player have been throwing things like hats and other merchandize until someone threw a football. This is what got Andy Pazder’s attention for the first time (chief of operations for this tour). Regarding this newly instated ban Pazder stated that it has made and will be made very clear to all players by being signaled everywhere. He also said this would not mean that they weren’t allowed to give merchandize to the public. The players will have to hand the items directly to the person in the public, throwing itself was banned.

Pazder, even though he is aware he will be criticized for this move, encouraged players to think of the implications their actions have. Fans can hurt themselves and others around them when trying to catch the items the players are throwing and this is a liability for both the organizers and for the player. This is what he is trying to prevent and even though players see it as a breaking of tradition they seem to understand and go with it.

 

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