Changes coming to WM Phoenix Open after chaotic weekend: ‘We have to make improvements’


Golf followers flock to Scottsdale, Arizona, yearly for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which is well-known as the largest social gathering within the sport. 

However after a wild weekend within the desert, adjustments are coming to the “Biggest Present on Grass.” 

Followers drink beer from their footwear in hospitality bins on the sixteenth gap in the course of the remaining spherical of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) on Feb. 11, 2024, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Ben Jared/PGA Tour through Getty)

The Phoenix Open skilled overcrowding of the course on Saturday, which precipitated the suspension of admission and alcohol gross sales, and a number of movies of unruly followers went viral over the weekend. 

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“Because of regular rainfall in Scottsdale this week that created deteriorating course conditions, we sadly needed to shut the gates on the match entrance and cease permitting followers to enter the golf course on Saturday afternoon,” The Thunderbirds, the group that places on the occasion, stated in an announcement. 

Likelihood Cozby, the manager director of The Thunderbirds, joined the Golf Channel on Monday and stated there shall be adjustments transferring ahead. 

“We’re going to make adjustments. I feel everyone in all probability agrees, we now have a really distinctive tradition at our occasion,” Cozby stated.  

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“The fantastic line was actually once we felt like we have been simply at a degree on Saturday the place our followers couldn’t transfer across the golf course,” Cozby continued. “And at that second, the best factor to do was to take the steps that we did.”

Cozby stated management spent “5 to 6 hours” on Saturday “brainstorming” the subsequent steps, including that they’ve “twelve months to repair this.”

A picture of the 18th green at the Phoenox Open

Gamers on the 18th inexperienced in the course of the remaining spherical of WM Phoenix Open on Feb. 11, 2024 in Scottsdale. (Ben Jared/PGA Tour through Getty)

“I feel that you will notice an entire operational change of how we handle, actually our Friday and Saturday, however your entire week,” Cozby stated. “We’re very pleased with what we constructed. I feel we have been match of the 12 months on the PGA Tour 5 of the final seven years.

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“However we don’t like what occurred on Saturday. The gamers don’t like what occurred on Saturday. Our followers don’t like what occurred on Saturday. So, nothing is off the desk. 

“We’re going to have a look at our simply common admission ticket publicity and what number of are out within the market. We’re going to have a look at our full safety plan, and simply how we function. I feel Saturday on the WM Phoenix Open in 2024 is gonna find yourself being a turning level for our match and our group to make our occasion higher. We discovered a lot. And we all know that we now have to make enhancements.”

Through the remaining spherical on Sunday, two movies of golfers snapping again at feedback made by followers went viral. 

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, received into it with a fan, prompting safety to step in. 

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Matt Fitzpatrick swings on the sixteenth tee field in the course of the remaining spherical of WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb. 11, 2024. (Ben Jared/PGA Tour through Getty)

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“Do not sir me, any person stated it. I am simply sick of it,” Johnson stated to a gallery. “Simply shut up.”

Shortly afterward, Billy Horschel confronted a fan who was talking throughout another person’s backswing.

“Buddy, once you’re informed to shush, shut the hell up,” he stated. “He is making an attempt to hit a golf shot right here. It is our f—— jobs.”

Fox Information’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.


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