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Phoenix Open further limits fans

Only 5,000 will be permitted daily at TPC Scottsdale, which typically draws 600,000 for a week in a party atmosphere

Capped: At 5,000 per day, the number of spectators who will be admitted each day to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, tournament officials announced Wednesday in a statement, citing rising COVID-19 infections in Arizona. Previously, in a nod to health-and-safety concerns, officials had said that 8,000 would be admitted daily. The Phoenix Open is scheduled for Feb. 4-7 at TPC Scottsdale, north of Phoenix. The Phoenix Open is the best-attended event on the PGA Tour, drawing more than 600,000 for the week, including upwards of 200,000 on Saturdays. The par-3 16th, with its multi-level grandstands ringing the 162-yard hole, often features a gallery of 20,000 rowdy partiers. The tournament will feature the first crowds of any size since the Houston Open on Nov. 5-8 admitted 2,000 per day. The Phoenix Open will be the third of four events on the West Coast Swing of the PGA Tour’s 2020-21 schedule. The other West Coast events, all in California, will bar spectators.

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