The Waste Management Phoenix Open, weather-challenged the past two years, has one more year on the PGA Tour schedule in early February, but tournament officials say a later start is possible.
(Thanks to the Arizona Republic)
Mike McQuaid, Phoenix Open tournament chairman, said the PGA Tour likes the Open’s spot on the schedule aligning with the Super Bowl.
But the Super Bowl could be pushed back later into February, to Presidents Day weekend, if the NFL extends its regular season from 16 to 18 games.
“There is a chance to finish (the Open) a couple weeks later and still get aligned with the Super Bowl.” McQuaid said.
The PGA will begin negotiations later this year on a new television contract that could affect the Phoenix Open schedule.
A later start for the Open is no guarantee of better weather, but it would mean more daylight to play golf if frost holds up the tournament.
The 76th Open was extended into Monday because of frost delays at the TPC Scottsdale in the first three days of the tournament, which also saw the pro-am canceled.
Mark Wilson won a two-hole playoff against Jason Dufner to capture the Open’s $1.09 million top prize.
Frigid temperatures not only disrupted the golf but discouraged fans, as final attendance numbers showed.