Officials Forced to Temporarily Shut 2024 WM Phoenix Open; Alcohol Sales Suspended and Gates Closed

Published 02/10/2024, 5:20 PM EST

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A chaotic day for the PGA Tour! Surprisingly, it hasn’t been the weather conditions playing the villain for the tourney this time around, but the fans themselves. As a result of what went down, officials were forced to close the gates and the sale of alcohol. Earlier on Friday, the WM Phoenix Open had been hit with bad weather, which caused play to be suspended. And on Saturday, it was the “huge crowds [that] have descended upon TPC Scottsdale.”

Per a tweet by NUCLR GOLF on X, the huge crowds forced the officials to “temporarily shut down the gates and suspend alcohol sales.” Videos of fans having chaotic fun are running rampant on the internet, with another showcasing the audience making a beer snake in the stands. Interestingly, all this was happening despite knowing it came at the expense of officials shutting down the gates.

Moreover, “earlier this afternoon, a man was seen doing a snow angel in the bunker at 16.” Paige Spiranac shared a video of the said incident on X. They were spotted making a dive into the bunker, followed by a half-complete somersault, after which they proceeded to make the figure on the sand. The diva hilariously pointed out how “he did not stick the landing.”


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After the snow angel incident, another enthusiast seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. They were spotted gliding through the roughs beside the fan stands without a shirt, donning sunglasses, a cap, and khaki pants. As surprising as it may seem, others were doing the same thing. In another similar yet different case, the audience encouraged a fan as they slid down the grass, after which the crowd poured beer all over him. That’s not all. Shockingly, there seemed to be empty and crushed beer cans all over the ground.

The chaos that erupted this year at the PGAT’s event not only created havoc for the officials but also the players. As it turns out, one Tour pro did not shy away from expressing their stern opinion about the “sh*tshows” the 2024 WM Phoenix Open witnessed.

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A Korean golfer was not a fan of the “totally out of control” scenes at the WM Phoenix Open

Following all that went down at TPC Scottsdale, journalist Claire Rogers tweeted, What does everyone think of today at the WM Phoenix Open?”  Korean golfer Byeong-Hun An, who experienced all of it firsthand, shared his thoughts. “Sh*tshows. Totally out of control on every hole,” he wrote. Every year, the craziness unwinds at the 16th hole, but this year, as per Hun An, it wasn’t limited to just there.

When a fan asked, “Worse than previous years?” he replied, “I think so. I didn’t have to deal with it until the last few holes. Almost every other hole today.” He also addressed that the 16th hole is always loud, and the other holes work fine, considering 97% of the people stay quiet there. As per Byeong-Hun An, it gets distracting to play with such loud noise, and it also gets “weird to hear stuff” that players don’t normally hear at other events.


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Meanwhile, the players would be hoping to dish out their best on the third day of the PGA Tour event. Well, coming back to the fans, at the end of the day, one can only wait and watch what will happen in the tournament as the audience showcases their excitement in such a grand fashion.

Also read: TPC Scottsdale Became Tiger Woods’s Worst Nightmare 18 Years After His Glorious ‘Hole-in-One’ Feat



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Allan Abe


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Allan Abe is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. He shares a longtime passion for the sport, having idolized players like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott as a child. Armed with his Master’s Degree in English, Allan has covered many themes in golf as a beat writer with more than 800 articles and excels at live coverage and a hole-to-hole analysis of events.
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