The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open was a great success with great golf action, record breaking crowds, perfect weather and excellent entertainment. This year marked the 82nd anniversary of the tournament formally known as the Phoenix Open. The name was changed in 2010 to the Waste Management Open.
This year’s winner was Hideki Matsuyama, who defeated Webb Simpson in a four-hole playoff after each golfer finished at 17 under par. This was Matsuyama’s second straight win at the Open after he became the first Japanese golfer to win the event in 2016. For his weekend on the greens Matsuyama took home a $1.2 million prize.
South African golfer Louis Oosthuzien finished 3rd at 16 under, while other notable finishes included Rickie Fowler who tied for 4th at 15 under, Jordan Spieth who tied for 9th at 12 under and Arizona State University alumni Phil Mickelson who tied for 16th at 10 under.
The only man to ever win the event three years in a row was Arnold Palmer, who did so from 1961 to 1963. Three other men have won the event three times, but not consecutively: Gene Littler, Mark Calcavecchia and Mickelson.
Four attendance records were broken at the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open:
- Weekly Record – 655,434
- Single Day Record for Wednesday – 77,906
- Single Day Record for Friday – 169,004
- Single Day Record for Saturday – 204,906
Weather and Entertainment
Amazing weather encouraged golf fans to attend the event with an average temperature of 74 degrees with plenty of sun and light winds. The annual Bird’s Nest concert series located at the event featured performances from Grammy nominated artists Kaskade, Flo Rida, Blink-182 and Steve Aoki.
Arizona Golfers Love Playing at Blackstone
The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open is scheduled to take place from January 30 to February 4. In the meantime there are plenty of great options for golf lovers in Arizona including the private 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jim Engh at Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia. The Blackstone Country Club golf course has a perfect 5-star rating on Google and was named the second best private golf course in Arizona by Ranking Arizona Magazine.
Club members enjoy a lot more than just access to play the course, including:
- Private Golf Lessons
- Member Golf Tournaments
- International Golf Trips
- Golf Clinics
- Weekly Golf Groups
- Children’s Golf Lessons
Schedule a tour of Blackstone’s private golf course today or give us a call at 623-707-8700.