PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open descends into chaos as the boozy golf event shuts the gates to limit attendance and cuts off alcohol to hold back raucous crowds during Saturday’s third round
For the first time in tournament history, organizers at the WM Phoenix Open turned off the beer taps and turned customers away from entering due to massive crowds.
By 2 p.m. Saturday, organizers closed the gates at TPC Scottsdale and halted alcohol sales at most locations throughout the course due to the heavy party atmosphere.
This was despite horrible weather conditions by Arizona standards — with rain and 40-degree temperatures in the morning leading to sun breaking through clouds and temps in the mid-50s.
“Due to larger than usual crowds, the WM Phoenix Open entry gates have been temporarily closed and shuttle service to the event has been suspended,” the tournament said on social media.
Alcohol sales were halted and fans were turned away at the Phoenix Open’s third round
Capacity crowds resulted in the gates being closed to patrons for the first time in the event’s history
A party atmosphere has become common at the Phoenix Open, which bills itself as ‘The People’s Open’ and the ‘Greatest Show on Grass’.
But the atmosphere turned dangerous when fights broke out and people reportedly blacked out due to alcohol consumption.
According to KTAR talk radio host Barry Markson30 people blacked out at the event which led to the organizers’ decision to stop the flow of booze.
The tournament is known for its atmosphere – with the epicenter of it all being the frat-party environment at the par-3 16th hole where fans ignore calls for silence (and where golfers, for once, welcome the noise).
Yesterday there was a serious party glitch at that same hole when a woman fell and suffered non-life threatening injuries that required hospitalization.
In Friday’s second round, several videos of drunken fans made their way onto social media.
One saw a fully grown man being carried out the front gate over the shoulders of another man.
Elsewhere on the track, fans began sliding down a muddy hill before police halted proceedings on Friday.
A police officer watches over fans on the 16th green during Saturday’s action at the Phoenix Open
Some of the customers were caught on video fighting with security not stopping them
But by Saturday, the debauchery continued. Images showed more fans – in various states of undress and undress – sliding down the same hills as crowds cheered them on.
Videos from fans also showed people getting violent – with at least one fight caught on camera.
Security was overwhelmed and only arrived late after other spectators pulled the two men who were fighting off.