Golf fans at the Running of the Bulls at the Waste Management Phoenix Open
An annual tradition, golf fans line up early to race to the 16th hole to claim a spot at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on February 10, 2024.
Will the 2024 WM Phoenix Open end on Sunday? Will this end before Super Bowl 58 kicks off? With many hours lost this week due to delays caused by rain and frost, the third round of leaders extended into Sunday. If all goes well, they could look at playing as many as 30 holes to finish the tournament and keep everyone from returning to TPC Scottsdale for the first Monday finish since 2011, when frozen ground pushed the first round back to Friday . One thing to keep in mind is that Scottie Scheffler, who has won the Open the last two years, remained somewhat quietly in contention this week and remains within striking distance of the first Phoenix Open three-peat since Arnold Palmer’s 1961 -63. Here’s a look at Sunday’s activities in north Scottsdale.
The WM Phoenix Open bills itself as “the People’s Open,” but with its raucous fans — who are often overserved, especially at the par-3 party 16th hole — and its different vibe, the PGA Tour’s annual stop at Phoenix may not be for everyone. , especially the old school pros.
Zach Johnson could be a new name on this list. The 12-time Tour winner has made 14 appearances at the Phoenix Open dating back to 2005, when it was the FBR Open. He made 12 of those starts and notched six top 25s and one top 10. In other words, Johnson is no stranger to the TPC Scottsdale scene, which made the video below all the more curious.
The 47-year-old blew up fans during the third round of the 2024 WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday, and the confrontation was caught on camera.
“Someone said it, I’m just sick of it.” Shut up,” Johnson told a group of fans before security intervened on the par-5 15th hole.
The Tour wants the WM Phoenix Open to be fun, but all that fun may come at a disruptive cost. It’s unclear what exactly led to the interaction, and perhaps Johnson was right in telling the fan to calm down. But if you can’t handle a heckler, then the People’s Open may no longer be for you.
You can also add Billy Horschel to the list. The seven-time winner lashed out at a fan, rightly so, after someone in the stand spoke during a player’s swing. This video may not be safe for delicate ears.
With the third round and final round still to be completed, players could have a long Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
—Adam Woodard, Golf Week
Amid all the rain, mud and frost that ravaged this tournament, two-time defending Phoenix Open champion Scottie Scheffler was quietly going about his business. And even though fan favorite Sahith Theegala rose to the top of the leaderboard at 14 under, Scheffler caught fire Sunday morning and at one point in the third round he was tied for second at 13 under before return a blow on No. .14.
Before that bogey, Scheffler had made five consecutive birdies on holes 9 through 13, sinking a 17-foot putt at No. 12.
The third round of the WM Phoenix Open resumed at 8:46 a.m. after the scheduled start time was pushed back several times due to frost.
Nick Taylor, the overnight leader, didn’t get off to a good start, three-putting the 7th green for bogey, and fell back to 12 under. He is now tied with Sahith Theegala.
As planned, the resumption of play at TPC Scottsdale, which was scheduled to take place at an optimistic 7:30 a.m., was postponed several times. The latest showing for the start of the game is 8:45 a.m.
The leaderboard when play resumed showed Nick Taylor leading at 13 under par through six holes of his third round, followed by Sahith Theegala one shot back, also through six holes. Behind them, 15 golfers lurk within five shots of Taylor’s pace.