February 25, 2022 by Charlie Eisenhood in Opinion with 0 comments
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Question of the Week: The PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open (AKA The People’s Open) was in the news last week when Sam Ryder hit a hole-in-one on the 16th and the massive crowd in The Colosseum gallery went nuts, throwing beer into the air and screaming like banshees.
The tournament has developed a reputation for being a loud, drunk, and fun event unlike any other stop on the PGA Tour.
“It almost feels like a real sport,” said Brooks Koepka. “The atmosphere is unbelievable. I love it. Look, I love when people get rowdy. They’re cheering you when you hit it tight, and they’re booing you when you hit it bad. If you do something wrong, you deserve to get heckled. If you do something right, they will cheer for you. I think that’s what makes this event so cool.”
Does pro disc golf have tournaments that set themselves apart from the crowd? How does the sport start to develop events with different reputations? The courses themselves don’t seem like enough of a factor to influence the vibe of the event.– John C.
A: That clip of Sam Ryder has to make you think of something that just happened in disc golf, right? You know what I’m talking about.
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