The WM Phoenix Open has all the time supplied an environment not like another on the PGA Tour schedule, though this yr’s contest will probably be remembered extra for incidents outdoors the ropes.
Nick Taylor produced an excellent end to say his fourth PGA Tour title, birdieing three of his remaining 4 holes to complete alongside Charley Hoffman on 21 underneath earlier than birdieing each additional holes to beat the American within the play-off, in every week the place fan behaviour usually overshadowed the golf itself.
Social media movies over the occasion revealed the complete extent of the chaos, as alcohol-fuelled incidents included spectators combating, urinating in public, sliding topless down a muddy hill and even arrested for creating snow angels in one of many course’s bunkers.
TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course can appeal to as much as 200,000 followers a day and its iconic par-three sixteenth gap is dubbed the “loudest gap in golf”, with cheers, boos and even beer showers greeting golfers by means of the years, however this yr’s contest left gamers concerned in heated exchanges with spectators.
Overwhelmed American Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson was filmed remonstrating with followers at TPC Scottsdale and could possibly be heard telling them “I am sick of it” earlier than demanding they “simply shut up”.
In a separate incident, Billy Horschel was seen shouting at a spectator for calling out whereas one among his enjoying companions, qualifier Nicolo Galletti, was about to hit a shot.
“Buddy, when he is over a shot shut the hell up man,” Horschel mentioned. “He is making an attempt to hit a rattling golf shot right here – it is our f****** job.”
Three-time main champion Jordan Spieth could possibly be seen mouthing the phrases ‘what the f***’ after rowdy crowds made noise on his backswing throughout one gap, whereas former BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong Hun An described the occasion a “s*** present” which was “completely uncontrolled on each gap”.
He added: “Performed right here a number of occasions over time and it was wonderful till at the moment.”
‘Some folks aren’t the most effective drunks’
Followers queue for hours forward of gates opening earlier than operating to get their vantage spot safe on the Stadium Gap, the place one spectator was hospitalised after falling from one of many stands.
Match officers have been compelled to close spectator gates sooner than deliberate throughout Saturday’s motion after being overwhelmed by the turnout, leaving some paying spectators unable to get in.
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“As a result of bigger than normal crowds, the WM Phoenix Open entrance gates are quickly closed and shuttle service to the occasion is on maintain,” the event mentioned on social media. “Shuttle service again to parking heaps will stay operating. Often verify our channels for updates.”
There was additionally the unprecedented transfer of non permanent halting alcohol gross sales as a result of variety of fan incidents, resulting in chants of “we would like beer” from these within the stands on the Stadium Gap.
“The officer was telling me folks bought too drunk,” Sahith Theegala mentioned. “It is a blast. There’s undoubtedly some folks that are not the most effective drunks, however for probably the most half it is all optimistic.”
The “Greenest Present on Grass” shall be again once more in 2025 and can proceed to generate enormous crowds, though event organisers will need the golf itself to return to the topic dominating headlines.
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