Who needs LIV Golf when the Phoenix Waste Management Open provides the sport’s greatest spectacle?
On Saturday, a crowd exceeding 200,000 flocked to the notorious PGA Tour stop (otherwise known as “The Wasted Open”). And it didn’t take long before TPC Scottsdale was groaning under the weight of its drunken debauchery.
Random brawls; spectators falling from the grandstand and onto the infamous “Stadium Hole” 16th; semi-conscious blokes pissing themselves on stools; a full-blown mutiny when the venue ceased selling alcohol (which led to a “we want beer” chant from an angry mob of over 17,500); a whole lot of heckling… by all accounts, the undignified scenes were decidedly un-golf-like.
The unruliness reached such an untenable level that organisers were forced to temporarily stop additional punters from coming through the gate. An unprecedented measure in response to unprecedented rowdiness.
Of course, the antics are expected to calm down on the final day (currently unfolding as we speak). Traditionally, the last stretch is far more moderate as the hangovers kick in, and given it lines up with Super Bowl LVIII this year, attendance likely won’t swell to the 200,000 benchmark again.
Check out some highlights/lowlights from the Waste Management Open in Phoenix (2024) below.