Whether you’re a sports fan or not, the last week has been an exciting one across Phoenix AZ! The entire Valley was consumed with the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Super Bowl 2015, all the athletes and celebrities in town, the concerts, the festivals and the media. In case you fled the crowds or opted to rent out your luxury abode for travelers, here are the highlights.
Phoenix Open (in Scottsdale AZ)
We’ll start with our flagship winter event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open which ran from January 28th through February 1st in north Scottsdale AZ. One of the top stories leading up to the PGA tournament was the return of Tiger Woods to not only the tournament, but this also marked his 2015 debut. Yet he failed to play up to par and shot a career-low 82. He fell out of the top 50 ranking, something that’s only happened one other time in his career.
Someone who did play well was Brooks Koepka, who scored his first ever PGA TOUR title at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale AZ. At only 24, Koepka played his last 47 holes without a bogey. He went head to head with four other players, all battling it out for the lead. Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm rounded out the top five on the leaderboard.
And the 16th hole, known as the loudest hole in golf (and reportedly why Woods stayed away for so long), did not disappoint. When Francesco Molinari shot a hole in one there, the crowd erupted and certainly lived up to the 16th hole TPC hype.
Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix AZ
Of course by now you know that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to become Super Bowl XLIX champs. The game was exciting and not without drama. Leading up to the game there were accusations of “deflate gate;” that Tom Brady and the Patriots had something to do with the game balls used in the AFC title game being deflated to under NFL standards (a controversy that will undoubtedly continue for months).
Then there was a brawl between players in the fourth quarter. Actually a lot happened in the fourth quarter. Julian Edelman (Patriots), Jermaine Kearse (Seahawks) and Danny Amendola (Patriots) all scored touchdowns.
What everyone was talking about, however, was the decision not to give Marshawn Lynch the ball on the Seahawks last decisive play of the game. The comments and parodies and disappointment from fans has been trending.
The game was a big one for Brady, who at 37 completed his 13th career Super Bowl touchdown pass, breaking legend Joe Montana’s record. Brady and Montana each have four Lombardi Trophies and three Super Bowl MVP nods. Brady’s success under pressure and his “whatever it takes” attitude are admirable, no matter which team you were rooting for.