Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler acknowledges the fans on the 16th hole during the 2024 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 8, 2024.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open just hits differently. It’s not your typical golf tournament.

You won’t watch as the crowd silence itself. You’ll see more shenanigans than your average event on the greens.

But how would you define it?

Well, Rickie Fowler did just that perfectly.

“The Waste Management Open is the Coachella for guys in their 30s,” Fowler said Friday ahead of his round.

And speaking of performance on the greens … When it was Fowler’s turn on #16, he put on a show. Literally.

He encouraged fans in attendance to get louder. That they did.

It was a long-awaited start as there were rain delays ahead of the first round on Thursday, but it was worth the wait. Even if there were some people who perhaps enjoyed the WMO a little too much.

As if there is such thing.

Joel Dahmen, who has had his fair share of fun moments at the WMO, made some fan’s days by throwing shirts to the crowd complete with cash and a hand-written note.

This was just two years after Dahmen, and Harry Higgs, went shirtless at the tournament at the party atmosphere the 16th hole brings.

Yes, the WMO is not for the faint of heart, and definitely has a frat house vibe to it.

This was the crowd upon arrival:

So it would appear Fowler is pretty spot on.

About Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jess is a baseball fan with Reno, Nev. roots residing in the Bay Area. She is the host of "Short and to the Point" and is also a broadcaster with the Oakland A's Radio Network. She previously worked for MLB.com and NBC Sports Bay Area.