Temperatures are only in the 50s, but tempers continue to flare at the Phoenix Open due to unruly fan behavior.
The PGA Tour event, known for its huge crowds and party atmosphere at TPC Scottsdale, continued to spiral out of control Sunday after organizers tried to slow down the festivities Saturday.
Zach Johnson was caught on social media getting into a heckler after a tee shot.
“Don’t ‘sir’ me,” a clearly agitated Johnson told a group of fans before storming off. “Someone said it. I’m just sick of it. Shut up!”
Elsewhere on the course, Billy Horschel was outraged by the noise of the fans during a swing by his compatriot Nicolo Galletti on the 11th hole.
“Bro, when he’s done shooting, shut up, man,” Horschel shouted at a fan. “Come on, he’s trying to hit a fucking golf shot here. That’s our fucking job.”
On another hole, Jordan Spieth was agitated when a fan yelled during his backswing. Spieth still made his approach shot to 15 feet, but he dropped his club and pointed at someone in the gallery after the fan yelled.
“What is this mess ?” Spieth could be seen saying as he looked around the gallery.
Other incidents were broadcast on social media, including fights between spectators and other alcohol-related incidents.
On Saturday, tournament officials briefly stopped the sale of alcohol at several locations around the course, hoping to slow down the partying. They also briefly turned away ticket holders around 2 p.m. Saturday because it was too crowded.
The Phoenix Open, nicknamed the “Greatest Show on Grass,” is unlike anything else in golf. Masses of up to 200,000 fans fill TPC Scottsdale Stadium with cheers, boos and occasional beer showers.
The eye of the rowdy hurricane is the 16th hole, a tiered cluster of a par-3 where “Quiet Please” signs are met with disdain.
On Friday, a woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a fall at 16. It is unclear if the woman had been drinking before the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.