The last time the Super Bowl was played in the Phoenix area was in 2008 when the New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants.
As is always the case, the Waste Management Phoenix Open's final round is on Super Bowl Sunday.
Back in 2008, Phoenix favorite Phil Mickelson had tickets to the big game later that night, but decided early in the day there was no way he'd be able to get over to the stadium in time (that was before losing in a playoff to J.B. Holmes).
According to a story by Karen Crouse of the New York Times, Mickelson charged caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay with giving the tickets away to a fan at the tournament.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most fan-friendly events on Tour and it's not uncommon for spectators to receive gifts from players. Usually hats, gloves, etc. -- not tickets to the most watched sporting event in the world.
From Crouse's story:
Mackay, whose second-favorite N.F.L. team after his hometown Arizona Cardinals is the Giants, looked for a youngster wearing a cap with the logo of Callaway, one of Mickelson's sponsors. On the third tee, he found one: He approached Drew Fockler, who was standing next to his father, John, and asked them if they liked football. When they replied enthusiastically, he reached into Mickelson's bag, pulled out the tickets and asked them if they would like to attend the Super Bowl. The Focklers happily accepted the tickets. They later sent Mickelson a thank-you note.
How cool is that?
Unfortunately for fans attending this week's WMPO, Lefty doesn't have tickets to Sunday's big game in Glendale this time around.