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Phoenix Open golf

Crowds loud as Levin leads Phoenix field

Californian finishes day with a six-stroke lead

  • Fan favorite Rickie Fowler had a crowd following him Saturday.
    B. Poole/TucsonSentinel.comFan favorite Rickie Fowler had a crowd following him Saturday.
  • The best shirt of the day goes to Kevin Kisner.
    B. Poole/TucsonSentinel.comThe best shirt of the day goes to Kevin Kisner.

Phoenix Open leader Spencer Levin got a wave from the crowd when he came to the loudest hole in golf Saturday, and he finished the day with a six-stroke lead going into the final round Sunday.

"It was fun for sure, but I was trying to focus, too, but yeah, it was a lot of fun. You don't get that too often, all those people cheering," the California native said of his reception at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

Levin, ranked 92nd in the world before the start of the tournament, was followed on the leader board by Webb Simpson, ranked No. 6. Both shot 68 on Saturday in the 75th Phoenix Open, sponsored by international garbage giant Waste Management.

Simpson, seeking his third PGA win, hopes to be aggressive on the final day of play.

"It's hard to be aggressive when you're not swinging well. If we can go figure something out on the range and I'm feeling good, then we'll be firing at pins and trying to win this thing," he said Saturday afternoon.

Play was scheduled to resume at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, but failing an epic disaster, Levin is destined to get his first PGA win after seven years on the tour.

The Phoenix Open is among the rowdiest golf tournaments in the world. The 16th hole on the course, a 162-yard Par 3, is arguably the loudest hole in golf. Almost completely surrounded by cocktail-serving party tents, the hole is known for its alcohol-fueled frenzy of 20,000 fans.

Rickie Fowler, wearing green from head to toe, spread the love for his sponsor Puma at the 16th hole, when he tossed hats into the cheering crowd after his tee shot. Fowler was even-par after the third round and has little chance of topping the leader board.

"Sixteen is obviously a fun hole. I love it. The fans are great there, and it was cool to pump them up and nice to be able to get out some Puma gear.

The Phoenix Open is not your grandpa's golf tournament.

General admission tickets are available at the gate Sunday for $25, children 17 and under are free with a paying adult. Packages with access to various VIP areas, including the clubhouse, also are available.

If you go

  • What: Phoenix Open
  • When: Sunday
  • Where: Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Rd.
  • Cost: $25, general admission per day (17 and younger free with paying adult); $35 gets access to the Bird's Nest; various VIP packages are available. For information, visit the Phoenix Open's website.

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