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With the caliber of play out there, pars -- with few exceptions -- just aren't going to get the job done.

That makes it incredibly fun for fans because, for the most part, players have the green light to go at the flags.

That got us wondering: What's the record for most birdies made in a 72-hole PGA Tour event?

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One of the greatest things about golf is that you can play the game your whole life. Being able to start the game at a young age can be a big advantage.

How many times have you heard adults say, “I wish I would have started at his age”.

Learning the game of golf at a young age is obviously a good thing and learning to play good golf at a young age is even better. The question for many parents is whether their child is just an average player or do they have some potential within the sport. With other sports, such as soccer or baseball, spotting a good player is easy. With golf is can be a bit tougher, especially if the parents aren’t golfers themselves.

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(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – posted the most successful year in company history in 2017, setting records in total sales, advertising reach and number of golf ball units shipped in a calendar year.

The company experienced a significant increase in sales at some of the nation’s largest off-course retailers. This substantial growth is largely attributed to Bridgestone’s continued commitment to innovation across the entirety of its product line, as well as an aggressive marketing campaign. The latter featured appearances from brand ambassador Tiger Woods and encouraged golfers to break away from the herd mentality and switch to the superior Bridgestone golf balls for a competitive edge.

"I attribute a record setting 2017 to our ability to outpace all competitors in terms of technological innovation that helps players of all skill levels find their edge," says Angel Ilagan, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. "While some reports of the health of the industry are not always positive, Bridgestone's commitment to producing the best balls on the market have allowed us to grow at record rates."

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals all-time leading receiver Larry Fitzgerald, former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and All-Pro Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson have been added to the list of star-studded celebrities from the sports and entertainment world who will be playing in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community on Wed., Jan. 31, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Fitzgerald recently finished his 14th season in the NFL – all with the Arizona Cardinals. During that time, Fitzgerald was named to 11 Pro Bowls, one First Team All-Pro (2008), twice led the NFL in receptions (2005, 2016), twice led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (2008, 2009), won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2016 and is currently ranked third all-time in NFL receiving yards with 15,545.

Arians recently retired as the Arizona Cardinals winningest head coach in their 98-year history, earning his 50th win in the final game of the year against Seattle. Arians has two Super Bowl titles under his belt (2006, 2009) and was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014, the latter coming as head coach of the Cardinals.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Coors Light Birds Nest, the popular entertainment venue at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, announced today a limited ticket promotion for the opening night show featuring Flo Rida and Kelley James on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The promo is simple – purchase a general admission ticket for opening night of the Coors Light Birds Nest and receive FREE admission on Wednesday to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, located directly across the street at the TPC Scottsdale. To gain free admission to the tournament, fans must show their Coors Light Birds Nest wristband at the WM Phoenix Open tournament entrance. Fans also must hold on to their wristband to gain entrance to the Coors Light Birds Nest, which will open at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Kelley James will perform at approximately 6:30 p.m. and Flo Rida will take the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen, two-time Major winner Zach Johnson and 2017 WM Phoenix Open runner up and 2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson are among the latest players to commit to the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, set to tee it up January 29-February 4 at TPC Scottsdale. A field of 132 players will vie for the $6.9 million purse, the $1,242,000 first-place check and 500 FedExCup points.

Additionally, former WM Phoenix Open champion Aaron Baddeley (2007) has committed to play.

“The field is beginning to take shape as we get into the weeks leading up to the tournament, and it looks to be one of our strongest ever,” said Tournament Chairman Carlos Sugich.

The 2018 field now includes 19 of the Top-50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings.  Jordan Spieth (2) is the highest-ranked player currently in the field, which features four of the Top-5, six of the Top-10 and 10 of the Top-25 in the OWGR.  Other ranked players in the field include Jon Rahm (3), Justin Thomas (4), Hideki Matsuyama (5), Rickie Fowler (7), Brooks Koepka (8), Alex Noren (19), Francesco Molinari (21), Charley Hoffman (22), Oosthuizen (24), Xander Schauffele (26), Kevin Chappell (32), Si-Woo Kim (37), Phil Mickelson (40), Tony Finau (43), Simpson (44), Steele (45), Russell Henley (46) and Zach Johnson (50).


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – GRAMMY-winning DJ and producer Zedd is the latest artist announced to the music lineup to the Coors Light Birds Nest – the popular entertainment venue at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community.

With the addition of Zedd, the Coors Light Birds Nest lineup is now set. Flo Rida and Kelley James will kick things off on Wednesday, Jan. 31; Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane take to the stage on Thursday, Feb. 1; One Republic will perform on Friday, Feb. 2; and Zedd will close out the concert series on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Tickets for all four nights are on sale now through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com) and at all Ticketmaster outlet locations. General admission tickets for Zedd start at $65 while VIP tickets are available starting at $300 and provide exclusive access to the Jameson VIP area where guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner, complimentary drinks and access to a newly redesigned premium viewing area for the shows. The evening is presented by OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time; NFL Hall-Of-Famer Emmitt Smith and MLB Hall-Of-Fame pitcher Greg Maddux are among the early list of star-studded celebrities from the sports and entertainment world who will be playing in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Additionally, Olympic Gold Medal winner Bode Miller, NFL running back Tim Brown and Lady Antebellum star Charles Kelley also will be on hand.

Phelps is considered the greatest Olympic athlete of all time thanks in part to his record 28 overall medals, including a record 23 gold medals. His most recent competitive appearance was at the Rio Summer Games, where he added six more medals, including five gold medals, to his record medal count. The Scottsdale resident will be making his third appearance in the Annexus Pro-Am (2013, 2017).