Golf’s biggest party goes on at subdued TPC Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Thomas knew what to expect this week when he first drove up to TPC Scottsdale. He was still a bit surprised just how different the Waste Management Phoenix Open looks without the huge grandstands and large crowds. The rowdy event that normally averages more than 100,000 fans a day is limited to about 4,500, still the most for a PGA Tour event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The par-3 16th is ringed by a stadium that’s almost as high as usual, but with space for only 2,000 fans.