Waste Management Open turns into drunken ‘s–tshow’ with fan fights and angry players

Wasted fans have turned the infamously rowdy Waste Management Phoenix Open into a “s–tshow.”

That’s how at least one PGA Tour golfer described Saturday’s throngs at TPC Scottsdale, which briefly shut down alcohol sales at various locations around the course and stopped admitting fans around 2 p.m.

“S–tshows. Totally out of control on every hole,” South Korean-born golfer Byeong Hun An posted Saturday on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Yes i know what I signed up for,” An wrote in response to one fan, along with a shrugging emoji. “Played here multiple times over the years and it was fine until today. it’s just personal experience.”

There also were videos posted of fights breaking out in the galleries and fans chanting “We want beer” while alcohol sales were suspended, as well as one of a shirtless male fan diving into a sand trap.

On Sunday, a video emerged of Zach Johnson telling a fan to “shut up” in a heated interaction.

Nick Taylor is among the leaders at the Waste Management Open. Getty Images

“I actually love it,” Max Homa, who missed the cut, posted on X. “U hear some dumb stuff but the roars are epic and the environment is very fun.”

The tournament is known as the “Greatest Show on Grass,” with crowds of up to 200,000 fans filling the course, often with unruly behavior, particularly at the par-3 16th hole.

Two fans fight at the Waste Management Open. X

Nick Taylor held a one-stroke lead at 13-under through six holes of the third round when play was suspended Saturday due to rain and darkness.

Taylor had tied the course record in the opening round with an 11-under 60.

Jordan Spieth said Saturday that the large crowds hampered his ability to get to the course Saturday for his afternoon tee time.

A fan slides down a hill at the Waste Management Open. X

“When I went home and when I came back, I couldn’t come the same direction,” Spieth said, according to SI.com. “The police officers had blocked it off, so I drove up and I said, ‘How am I supposed to get back to the course?’ He said, ‘We’re over capacity. It’s hazardous, so we’ve got to go through a different [entrance].’

“Once he said that, I thought maybe we were in a little bit of trouble this afternoon, but we were on the front nine so it was a little less rowdy, and I heard they stopped alcohol sales…Saturday is normally the big day, but I think with 27 holes [Sunday], we might see some more people come out than usual.”

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