2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open: What will Bubba Watson do at the loudest hole in golf?

Christian Petersen

Leave it to Bubba Watson to foment the fervor of the frat party that breaks out annually on the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. It was the reigning Masters champ, of course, who demanded delirium from the friendly fandom during September’s Ryder Cup.

Monday, Watson, who blamed the flu for his withdrawal from the Tiger Woods Victory Tour at Torrey Pines, took to Twitter to solicit suggestions for how he might whip the well-lubed crowd into an even fiercer frenzy than traditionally greets golfers at the most raucous hole in golf.

What Would Bubba Do, indeed. He'll have to come up with something pretty far out there to earn the alcohol-inspired huzzahs from the 20,000 or so boisterous bleacher creatures crowded into the grandstand that encloses the short, 160-ish-yard hole. After all, Charley Hoffman has already violated the “Don’t feed the animals” edict when he tossed sandwiches to the yawning maws (2010).

That same year, Ian Poulter (long before he was Ryder Cup Hero IJP), had a perfectly sane reaction to the boo-birds, who hooted mercilessly a booted five-foot birdie putt: the one-finger salute.

Here’s one suggestion Bubba may want to consider: barrel through the tunnel from the 15th green to the 16th tee in his 1969 General Lee Dodge Charger. Now, that’s an act that even Poulter would be hard-pressed to follow.

The "Wasted Open" starts Thursday at the 7,216-yard, par-71 TPC Scottsdale.

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