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10 Reasons You Should Go to the Phoenix Open at Least Once in Your Life

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When else can you get drunk on a golf course with thousands of other people?
Having a drink or 10 while playing golf is a perfectly acceptable part of the game. Unfortunately, that whole experience usually costs quite a bit of money — thanks to clubs, tee time, etc. — and only takes place with the people you’re playing with (and sometimes other nearby parties). The Phoenix Open basically turns one of the Valley’s finest golf courses into a raging outdoor party. The puke is way easier to wash out of the grass than a Scottsdale club’s floor.

The weather is often perfect (for social media).
At the beginning of February, Phoenix usually calls for jeans and maybe a light jacket. With the sun shining down (or sometimes a bit of rain), you can totally take photos of your outfit to make your northern friends envious of the climate. While they’re shoveling their cars out, you’re sipping a drink and wearing short sleeves.

You can pretend to be classy.
Phoenix isn’t exactly known for its high-class events, but when you tell people who don’t know about the Open that you’re going to a golf tournament, it totally seems fancy. Plus, you can wear khakis and a polo and not look like a total preppy douchebag. All that for a price that won’t break the bank.

It’s famous for its debauchery.
Over the past 10 years or so, the PGA has had to ban everything from caddie races to golfers throwing things into the crowd at the Phoenix Open. Some golfers won’t even play the event because it can get too rowdy and disrespectful (Tiger Woods just returned last year after not playing since 2001). We’re not saying you have to be part of the problem, but do you really want to say you lived in Phoenix and never took part in one of the Valley’s most infamous annual parties?

The Waste Management Phoenix  Open takes place at TPC Scottsdale February 1 through 8. Tickets and more information are available on the Open's website.
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