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

Feb 3, 2017, 7:52 PM | Updated: 7:58 pm

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.

Penguin Air

The 5

Dario Saric #20 of the Phoenix Suns puts up a shot over Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during t...
Kevin Zimmerman

Draft days for GM James Jones have shown Suns’ direction

The success has been hit-or-miss but one thing is certain: Draft day can tell us a lot about any new direction the Suns will be going.
2 months ago
Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) and New York Knicks forward Julius Randle are separated b...
Wills Rice

The 5: Phoenix Suns’ best moments of the 2021-22 season

Let's take a look at some of the Phoenix Suns' best moments on and off the court from this historic 2021-22 season.
3 months ago
Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Ind...
Arizona Sports

The 5: Cardinals NFL Combine 40-yard dash stars drafted by Steve Keim

From Rondale Moore to John Brown, here are five notable NFL Draft Combine stars the Arizona Cardinals ended up selecting under GM Steve Keim.
1 month ago
Zaven Collins #25 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after recovering an onside kick during the fourth...
Arizona Sports

The 5: Arizona Cardinals’ most recent Monday Night Football matchups

A look at the Arizona Cardinals' five most recent MNF appearances ahead of the Wild Card clash vs. the Los Angeles Rams.
7 months ago
Follow @kzimmermanaz...
Kevin Zimmerman

The 5: Arizona teams’ most notable Christmas games

The Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns have played in their fair share of Christmas games. Many have been significant for varying reasons.
8 months ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) signals first down after his catch against the...
Kevin Zimmerman

The 5: Which Cardinals can step up in DeAndre Hopkins’ absence?

Antoine Wesley, Christian Kirk and the tight ends will get more run with DeAndre Hopkins sidelined due to a knee injury.
8 months ago
The 5: Most lit 16th-hole acts through 2 rounds of the Waste Management Open