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The 5: Most lit 16th-hole acts through 2 rounds of the Waste Management Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Playing the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open can’t be treated like any other hole. There’s an undeniable and unavoidable approach PGA golfers take as adrenaline gets pumping in front of a large, rowdy and sometimes hostile crowd.

Just ask Mackenzie Hughes, a Canadian who learned this lesson firsthand on Thursday during the first round of the event at TPC Scottsdale.

Luckily, Hughes also knows how to play to the crowd.

With that, we give you “The 5” most lit 16th-hole acts — taking into account performance and showmanship — through the first two rounds of the event.


Bubba Watson not only birdied his hole in the second round Friday but earned that through karma. He was handing out Oakley goodie bags to fans after his tee shot and again after he found the bottom the cup.

Two days prior, Bubba also helped celebrity pal Mark Wahlberg keep it together after he sent a tee shot into the 16th-hole stands.


The boo birds came out when J.B. Holmes failed to make it on the green on Friday. The woo-birds came out when he recovered to chip in a birdie. Holmes

Holmes gets the tip of the cap for his nerves standing up to the challenge to close with arguably the best shot at the hole all day.


Andrew “Beef” Johnston is a marketing campaign made in meat heaven for fast-food chain Arby’s. As such, he got the 16th-hole crowd pumped by handing out Arby’s gear.

That included “We Have The Beef” t-shirts along with Arby’s curly fry golf head covers.

Tillman tribute

There’s not a much better way for an ASU alum to play to the Sun Devils in attendance.

Jon Rahm, who recently earned his first PGA Tour victory, broke out the Pat Tillman No. 42 jersey that read “Rahmbo” on the back. Rahm two-putted for par on Thursday.

Canadian (and Scottsdale) pride

Hamilton, Ontario native Mackenzie Hughes sure knew how to recover.

He bogeyed the 16th hole in the first round Thursday, and it came while he honored the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie, Auston Matthews, by wearing his jersey. Matthews, the 2016 first overall pick, just so happens to be from Scottsdale, Ariz. Hughes is not from the desert, and it showed when he walked through the desert area of the 16th and got his loose-fitting Matthews jersey caught in a cactus.

Well, the man showed little fear of the hole Friday. He birdied the same hole again wearing Matthews’ jersey.