Record attendance at Waste Management Phoenix Open Thursday

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was a record-breaking day at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Thursday.

The opening day usually attracts a crowd of 80,000, but this year blew that number away. By the middle of the afternoon, organizers expected to see 100,000 people. But by 4 p.m., the number was even bigger.

The final attendance: 118,461 people. That number shattered last year's attendance by close to 40,000 visitors.

The Tiger Woods appeal, the Super Bowl in town, and the impending wet weather are all taking credit for the massive crowds.

The Thursday afternoon felt like a Saturday at the Phoenix Open. Some fans told 3TV they skipped work or school to beat the rain to the Open.

The rain started around 5:30 p.m., and some fans grabbed their umbrellas to watch their favorite players finish the first round. Other fans grabbed their tickets to the sold-out Darius Rucker concert at the Bird's Nest and found shelter there.

More rain is expected Friday and Saturday. Umbrellas are welcome at the Open, but leave the umbrella sleeves at home because of security.