Open season: PGA Tour’s most popular tournament is underway

SCOTTSDALE – The Waste Management Phoenix Open kicked off Monday with the Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am and practice rounds for PGA Tour pros.

The tournament, which began 87 years ago, bills itself as “The Greatest Show on the Grass” and boasts an attendance of nearly half a million over the four-day event. This year’s field is scheduled to include top-ranked players Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Tony Finau. Competition begins Thursday.

The view of the 18th green from the E18hteen private seats while a group putts during the Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am, which kicked off the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Monday. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ warms up on the driving range during Monday’s practice session. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Jim Herman takes his tee shot on the 16th hole during Monday’s Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
E18hteen, a new seating area along the 18th fairway, is another option for fans to enjoy the action at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
A Greenskeeper pass, starting at $3,900, gives access to lawn seating and hospitality just across the lake from the 18th fairway. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
The grandstands on the 16th hole sit empty during Monday’s practice rounds, but they will be jammed as the week turns into the weekend. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
The TPC Scottsdale installed a statue honoring pro players who have aced the par-3 16th. They include Hal Sutton (1988), Tiger Woods (1997) and the late Jarrod Lyle (2011). (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)
Visitors can find many ways to spend their money at the Fan Shop at TPC Scottsdale, with golf gear from all major brands. (Photo by John Mendoza/Cronkite News)

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