The Arizona Cardinals selected Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft, alluding to Kirk’s high character as integral for the franchise. The following report slightly puts that character in question.
Popular names occupied the leader board at the outset of play on Sunday, Gary Woodland’s not among them. It’s not that he is unpopular, only that as part of a cast that included Mickelson, Fowler and Rahm, Woodland was an extra.
It was an electric scene on moving day at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with the threesome of Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele feeding off the crowd’s energy and vaulting into contention. Meanwhile, a few groups behind them, Rickie Fowler didn’t have much going his way, sitting at even par on his round through 12 holes.
If a tour pro is lucky, he may only hit one or two shanks his entire career, and the hope is that it doesn’t happen when there’s a camera around. Unfortunately for Ian Poulter, he’s hit his fair share, and just about all of them have been captured on video, including his latest from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which came at the worst place possible at TPC Scottsdale.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is known for its stadium scene at the 16th, but the tournament is more than a one-hole wonder. The event regularly boasts the largest crowds on the PGA Tour, and in all of sport for that matter. Last year’s WMPO drew an estimated 655,434 fans to the premises, breaking the weekly-attendance record by 30,000.