‘Totally out of control’: Phoenix Open stops selling beer as drunken golf fans cause chaos
Chaotic crowd scenes affected golf itself at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as mudslides, snow angels, and fights overshadowed the competition.
Social media videos went viral of the sloppy scenes, which even resulted in alcohol sales being temporarily suspended throughout the entire event, and ticketed fans getting lost at the barriers could not get in.
On the final day of the event, last year’s US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson and fellow golfer Billy Horschel exchanged angry words with spectators in the sport’s best competition, but also one where fan behavior has become a story in itself. .
Johnson was heard telling viewers he was “sick of it” and telling them to “just shut up”.
Horschel, in a separate incident, was seen berating a spectator for calling out as one of his playing partners, referee Nicolo Galletti, was about to hit a shot .
“Buddy, when it’s over shot shut the hell up man,” shouted Horschel. “He’s trying to hit a damn golf shot here – it’s our f****** job.”
One topless man was arrested after jumping over the ropes and diving into a green bunker on the 16th hole, where he proceeded to make ‘snow angels’ in the sand, but he was unconcerned by rangers or security when he got to the bunker, making a flip/roll style entry that is wrongly timed, and then celebrated.
Former BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong Hun An took to social media to point out a “s*** show” that was “completely out of control on every hole”.
He said: “He played here a few times over the years and was fine until today.
The event at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday had a reported crowd of over 250,000, and it got out of control.
By mid-afternoon, fans were unable to get in despite having tickets, as organizers took precautions against overcrowding as heavy rain storms hit play
It was clear that the water made the course slippery. but a number of fans took it upon themselves to turn grass banks into slopes, sliding face down the hills, and then even celebrating by pouring beer over their heads, to the cheers of their friends and the spectators. Others fell with a little less error down the banks.
There was even one video that was widely shared on social media of fans falling to the ground and fighting in the dirt, with other fans left to intervene and to break up
Nicknamed “the people’s open”, the Phoenix event has become known for its large crowds, and some parts are expected to be noisier than the average golf event, particularly the Coliseum-like 16th hole, where signs urge those present to be quiet. neglected for years.
Each morning sparked an early rush as soon as gates opened, from people queuing before sunrise to reach the 16th hole, in the form of a race ‘starting line’, and a woman reportedly fell and was taken to the hospital during the stadium events. -style pose, as videos circulated of men dressed as Oompa Loompas bobbing their heads, people making mustard shots and downing more pints than anyone could count. count.
As Nick Taylor claimed his fifth PGA Tour title on the second hole of a playoff against Charley Hoffman, the videos of fights breaking out and mudslides went far beyond the golf course.
Every year, fans regularly run through their drinks on the 16th green after a hole in one. Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz was hit with a beer can in 2022.
Last year, the tournament proudly claimed more than a million beers were sold, but questions will be raised about whether the weekend’s events could affect the next Ryder Cup, which is due to take place at Bethpage, New York.
With reporting from PA.