What's new at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open?Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Thousands of people are flocking to North Scottsdale this weekend to take in the excitement of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The first round got underway on Thursday. So we wanted to find out what fans can expect this year!
Zero Waste Challenge
The goal at the event at Scottsdale's TPC is to have "zero waste." Every piece of trash generated will go to recycling, composting and possibly, energy generation.
"It's part of our zero waste challenge," says Janette Coates of Waste Management.. "No trash cans on the course; only recycling and compost bins." And there are a lot of those bins: 6,000 to be exact, with 60 solar-powered compactors.
The goal is 100 percent diversion away from landfills, and into composting and recycling facilities. Organizers are also working on increased water conservation this year.
"Saturday is green-out day," says Coates. "Wear your green. Accents of green, full-on green, green skirts, green shoes, green watches, green nails. Wear the green. A dollar from every fan who wears green goes back to three deserving charities."
Phil Mickelson's caddy "Bones"
Tara Hitchcock and Scott Pasmore got a chance to catch up with Jim "Bones" Mackay, who is Phil Mickelson's caddy. "There's no other tournament like this," he says. "Everyone gets fired up for it. Of course you see things this week you don't see anywhere else."
Even though he says it can get serious on the course, there's lots of joking and laughter as well. "Unless you're coming down that stretch on Sunday, you're out there laughing and joking with the guys you're playing with."
Scott Pasmore caught up with professional golfer Kirk Triplett, who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, and Champions Tour.
We asked him about this first day of the Open. "Come out firing," he says. "That first shot on Thursday counts as much as the last one on Sunday."
He says nerves are natural, even for the pros. "If you're not feeling a little nervous, you're maybe not trying hard enough," he laughs.
April Warnecke caught up with PGA meteorologist Wade Stettner. "It's great to travel around," he says. "I love to come to Scottsdale in January and work the Phoenix Open."
We asked him about how worried he is about the weekend weather. "We're going to have rain in the forecast," he confirms. "Hopefully we don't have any lightning to deal with. They'll play through the rain if it doesn't get too heavy. But we're keeping our eye on it, and will let everybody know."