Tiger Woods, one of the biggest names in golf, has committed to play in the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The last time Woods played in this tournament was in 2001. You may remember in 1997 when he famously, hit a hole-in-one on the 16th hole. The par 3, 16th hole is set up with stadium style seating. If you were anywhere on the course that day, you could hear the crowd cheering.
Woods wrote on his blog, “It will be great to return to Phoenix, the crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic, and the 16th hole is pretty unique in golf.”
And speaking of cheering, the organizers and sure to be cheering because with Woods playing this year, the attendance at the 2015 Phoenix is bound to break records.
Woods is returning to golf after injuries kept him from playing most of the season last year. Speculation is that he is using the Phoenix Open and the Farmer’s Open as tune-ups and confidence builders in order to have a strong showing for major tournaments this year.
Many remember the messy divorce and separation of Woods and his wife and since then, Woods has not played to his earlier capabilities. The question remains, will he ever win more majors than Jack Nicklaus’ 18?
He has been a very solid player, winning an extraordinary number of tournaments. For a list of his wins, check out the list below:
Complete list of Tiger Woods Tournament Wins
2013 (5- Wins) 79. WGC Bridgestone Invitational 78. The Players Championship 77. Arnold Palmer Invitational 76. WGC Cadillac Championship 75. Farmers Insurance Open
2012 (3- Wins) 74. AT&T National 73. The Memorial 72. Arnold Palmer Invitational
2009 (6- Wins) 71. BMW Championship 70. WGC Bridgestone Invitational 69. Buick Open 68. AT&T National 67. The Memorial 66. Arnold Palmer Invitational
2008 (4- Wins) 65. U.S. Open 64. Arnold Palmer Invitational 63. WGC Accenture Match Play Championship 62. Buick Invitational
2007 (7- Wins) 61. The Tour Championship 60. BMW Championship 59. PGA Championship 58. WC Bridgestone Invitational 57. Wachovia Championship 56. WGC CA Championship 55. Buick Invitational
2006 (8- Wins) 54. WGC American Express Championship 53. Deutsche Bank Championship 52. WGC Bridgestone Invitational 51. PGA Championship 50. Buick Open 49. British Open 48. Ford Championship at Doral 47. Buick Invitational
2005 (6- Wins) 46. WGC American Express Championship 45. WGC NEC Invitational 44. British Open 43. The Masters 42. Ford Championship at Doral 41. Buick Invitational
2004 (1- Win) 40. WGC Accenture Match Play Championship
2003 (5- Wins) 39. WGC American Express Championship 38. Western Open 37. Bay Hill Invitational 36. WGC Accenture Match Play Championship 35. Buick Invitational
2002 (5- Wins) 34. WGC American Express Championship 33. Buick Open 32. U.S. Open 31. The Masters 30. Bay Hill Invitational
2001 (5- Wins) 29. WGC NEC Invitational 28. The Memorial 27. The Masters 26. Players Championship 25. Bay Hill Invitational
2000 (9- Wins -AMAZING) 24. Bell Canadian Open 23. WGC NEC Invitational 22. PGA Championship 21. British Open 20. U.S. Open 19. The Memorial 18. Bay Hill Invitational 17. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 16. Mercedes Championships
1999 (8- Wins) 15. WGC American Express Championship 14. The Tour Championship 13. National Car Rental Golf Classic/Disney 12. WGC NEC Invitational 11. PGA Championship 10. Motorola Western Open 9. The Memorial 8. Buick Invitational
1998 (1- Win) 7. BellSouth Classic
1997 (4- Wins) 6. Motorola Western Open 5. GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic 4. The Masters 3. Mercedes Championships
1996 (2 – Wins) 2. Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic 1. Las Vegas Invitational
Regardless of how he plays, he will not only draw participants to the Phoenix Open but he will single-handedly increase TV viewership as well.
For Phoenix and Arizona Tourism, this is an awesome week. Both the 2015 NFL Super Bowl and the Phoenix Open are being played in the Phoenix-metro area the same week. If you’re coming to town, make sure you make reservations well in advance. And for those of you that live in the midwest or northeast, the temperature in Phoenix will be in the mid-70s.
This tournament is the perfect set up for the Super Bowl; watch the final round of play which finishes just before the kick off. What could be better for avid sports fans.
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