Tiger Woods sent the Phoenix Open crowd into a frenzy when he aced the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 1997.
Robert Beck / SI
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tiger Woods has broken plenty of records on the course, but he just shattered another one at the box office.

On the Friday Tiger Woods announced he would begin his 2015 season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the tournament sold $200,000 worth of tickets, a tournament spokesperson told Golf.com.

"We've never had a single day of sales like that," said Rob Myers. "That's a first in tournament history."

Fans can purchase a number of different ticket packages, but general admission costs $30, so that sales figure could account for more than 6,000 tickets.

Woods last played the event in 2001, but it was his debut in 1997 that golf fans will remember. Woods aced the par-3 16th hole, sending an already raucous crowd into an all-out frenzy.

"It will be great to return to Phoenix," said Woods on his website. "The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic, and the 16th hole is pretty unique in golf."

According to Forbes, the presence of Super Bowl XLIX has driven Sunday ticket resale prices down from last year's final-day average, but Woods is still expected to draw record-breaking crowds of 500,000 people to the event over its four days of tournament action.

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