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Next stop on PGA Tour: Golfapalooza

Baltimore Sun

This is the PGA Tour's feel-good week.

Days after cacti appeared to outnumber spectators at the Accenture Match Play Championship near Tucson, Ariz., the tour moves to the renamed Waste Management Phoenix Open.

It's a golfapalooza event that features live music, ample amounts of boozing and sunscreen and masses of fans. Tournament Chairman David Rauch predicts that as many as 120,000 will show up for Sunday's final round.

Most tour players love it.

"It's the most fun week of the year," Kevin Streelman said by telephone. "The whole city is abuzz."

Streelman lives in Scottsdale and expects to have at least 40-50 friends and family members follow him at TPC Scottsdale.

Anthony Kim and David Toms told reporters they relish the rowdy crowds.

"If you can't play with a couple of people yelling in your backswing," Kim said, "you probably shouldn't be out here."

Toms echoed that: "If you don't have thick skin, then maybe you shouldn't go."

Chip shots: The USGA and PGA of America have agreed to pool their artifacts and memorabilia regarding the history of African-Americans in golf for an exhibition at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J. … Golf Channel's "The Haney Project" returns Monday. After trying to cure Charles Barkley last year, famed instructor Hank Haney will take on actor Ray Romano. … The extremely public Sydney R. Marovitz "Waveland" Golf Course on Chicago's North Side made Golf World's recent list of America's 25 best nine-hole courses for its lakeside location and "elevated greens guarded by flat-bottomed bunkers." The magazine ranked Marovitz 18th, 17 spots behind The Dunes Club in New Buffalo, Mich. That's the creation of Chicago's Mike Keiser.

- Teddy Greenstein

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