The PGA Tour heads to Arizona for two straight weeks in a rare contrast of events. First up is the Accenture World Match Play just north of Tucson. It will bring the best in the world, almost, in match play format that always leads to some exciting golf. The course is long and showcases greens with more break than perhaps any other course on the regular rotation. Geoff Ogilvy looks to defend just two hours from his U.S. home.
Two weeks from now is the always crazy Waste Management Open, formerly the FBR Open. The top players who choose to stick around following the Accenture will go from a quiet mountain setting to a loud and out of control course. TPC Scottsdale will be packed with ASU students and nearly everyone else in the Phoenix area. Most days the crowds are 100,000+ strong and a quarter of those will be surrounding the always exciting 16th. The only hole on tour that looks more like a stadium than a golf course and is constantly noisy.
The next two weeks on Tour will show polar opposites in tournament and format experiences. With the first event starting with just 64 players and a couple thousand spectators to a full field party the following week.